Showing posts with label Kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kids. Show all posts

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Victoria Embankment ..

There are lots of beautiful parks in Nottinghamshire and one of our favourite places is at The Victoria Embankment. The first time I seen it, I wanted to move here!! I phoned my husband up and said, pack up we are moving.

Nothing ever materialized from that conversation but we love to visit when possible. They also hold lots of great events held here too, so lots of things to look out for. Last year I ran the Nottingham half marathon, we also had a great time at the Arm Forces Day where we watched the Red Arrows fly by and a bike race event was on not to long ago...

How cool is the park for the children!?!











Now if you can get up, you can get down!! "I'm not getting down until someone helps me" *rushes over to help* wow it looks a long way up there!!

Linking up our park fun over at-

  Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Bop It Beats! From Hasbro Gaming : Review ...


Bop it!
Spin it!
Scratch it! 
Flip it!
Reverse it!

My daughter and I have been having lots of fun testing out the new Bop It Beats game this week, from Hasbro Gaming. How cool is this DJ style turntable? The principle is the same as the original games, with a whole new makeover and musical twist.





As you may have guessed from the picture above, we are big fans of all the Bop it games. Having 4 children ranging from 9 to 20 years old, they all have enjoyed fun bop it games over the years. Mum and dad always love joining in with the fun too!!

Everyone used to argue whose turn it was, my eldest son being the first to clear the original Bop it. We often ended up buying more than one of each model to save on tantrums!

The new Bop It 'Beats' is so much fun, think original Bop it crossed with a fun DJ style twist. The aim of the game is still the same, to see who can get the highest score by following the instruction being told. The music plays and you are the DJ.

Start the game by hitting the bop it button on the side. Nicki Minaj music ,'Pounds the alarm' starts to play. Then follow the instruction being shouted out.

Bop it!
Spin it!
Scratch it! 
Flip it!
Reverse it!

As the game goes on the difficult level increases. There are 5 game modes~Classic, Classic Party, DJ, DJ Party or Remix. To change the games, slowly turn the turntable before you start, to choose which one you want to play.

Classic game

Starts off nice and easy, then the speed increases and the reverse and repeat commands are added.

Classic Party game

Same as the classic game but you can have more players, simply pass it over to your friend when the command says so. Perfect for a party game!!

DJ game

This is a game of memory, follow the instructions he will tell you the moves and you don't start until he says go!! This is such a fun game on the memory!! Aww it gets harder as it goes on too..

DJ Party game 

The Dj game you can play with friends. Pass it over on command ...

 Remix game

Freestyle mode, have fun practising all the modes, flipping it and seeing the Bop it light up...

Me and my daughters favourite game is the classic and DJ party games, so we can play together. I ended up waiting for my 4th child to have one who just enjoys playing, not caring if they win or lose. Fun is the name of the game. If my boys are reading take note?! Hubby too...

To change the level simply press the bop it button to turn the turntable around slowly to pick a new game.


About Bop it beats
  • Bop It! Beats game combines the classic Bop It! game with songs by your favorite musical artists.
  • Spin the turntable to win in the all-new Bop It! 
  • Beats game. Bop It! Beats is just like the classic game you know and love but with a funky hip-hop twist. Choose from five game modes and move fast to keep up with the action. Spin the disc clockwise, scratch it up, or reverse and spin the turntable when the game commands it. Go solo or gather some friends to see who's the real musical master. You can also co-operate and try to beat a high score together! With music by famous artists in the mix, and lots of challenging difficulty levels, Bop It
  • Beats is rockin' fun from start to finish. 
  • 5 game modes.
  • Classic, Classic Party, DJ, DJ Party or Remix.
  • Difficulty levels increase as the Classic and DJ games progress.
  • For kids aged eight and up.
  • Not suitable for children under 3 years old.
  • 1 or more players.
  • 3 x AAA batteries are required.
  • Batteries included.
  • Price £21.99



About this post-

I got sent this Bop it Beats for review.

All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I did not get paid for this post ...


Saturday, 24 May 2014

Magical World Journals : Tree Man Review...


Have you heard of Magical World Journals?

I have been following them on Twitter for a while now. I was very intrigued how unusual, fun and creative their unique journals are. I really like their products and was thinking how these would make nice gifts for my 2 youngest children. Would they like them? Or would they be scared?

I was really pleased when they contacted me and asked if I would like to review a journal. I liked the unicorn one and thought the Treeman journal would make a nice surprise for my 11 year old son. He loves to write fun adventure stories. I thought this book would be great to store all his ideas in.


When the journal arrived, I gave the package to my son and said "look what the postman has bought you" He was so excited a present had arrived for him, he quickly opened it. "Wow it's awesome" he said with a big grin on his face.

He was really pleased with it, All morning before I had chance to take some pictures, he was making notes in it, showing his sister what he had done.



Magical World Journals

"We want to inspire kids to use their creativity and imagination, creating epic stories, crazy drawings, beautiful poems and secret diaries!"






About Tree Man Journal 
  • 96 pages, each with a border or small illustration of the creatures that inhabit the magical world of the TreeMan!
  • 3D soft plastic cover (hand painted) of TreeMan’s face!
  • Size: 18cm x 14cm
  • Not suitable for children under 3 years old
  • £9.95
There are 3 more in the collection-

Vampires The Journal £14.95
Unicorns The Journal £14.95
Dragons The Journal £15.95

Just after I got sent my review copy, I won the unicorn one in a competition for my daughter. She loves hers too and her ideas and book go everywhere with her...


About this post-

I got to choose a magical world journal for the point of this review. All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I did not get paid for this post ...

Saturday, 29 March 2014

But First Let Me Take A Selfie...





My daughter has just started to enjoy using her camera. She has had it for a few years now but just got the bug of taking pictures.

Going walking for miles in London around all the parks she really enjoyed snapping away at flowers, birds and trees. Then I noticed her stand back , arms stretched out in front of her taking selfies. Haha it really made me smile watching her, trying to get the perfect shots...

So I snapped away with my camera whilst she snapped away with her camera...

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Up cycled Jewellery Box, Button Jar And Basket...


Last week we received a lovely fun and crafty parcel from Bostik and Tots 100 as part of our monthly crafty challenge. With lots of crafty ideas springing to mind it was hard work deciding which one to go with first.

My daughter pick the egg to decorate first so I glues some felt on the sides and lid of an old ice-cream box, to make her a jewellery box. Some foam inside an old basket to place our shared nail varnish in. Then stuck buttons on to a pasta sauce bottle, to make a cool button jar.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

3 Years Old Today...



My blog is 3 today...

Celebrating with cakes...

And a look back on the last few years...

Wow how my hair has change, my waist has expanded and my kids grown...



Tuesday, 18 February 2014

It Is Never To Windy To Pose!?!...


After seeing my personal video they made everyone to celebrate 10 years on Facebook, I realised all photo are magical. 

I joined Facebook in 2009. My 2 youngest children were babies and my young (soon to be men) sons were young teenage. 

Every photo tells a story, every story we remember with pride. 

My oldest sons waiting to run a race...
The stony beech at Bognor Regis...
Three youngest children making a pop group...
New trainer...
New haircut...
My youngest son eating ice cream at a race track (looking like a toddler)...
On the rides at Butlins...
Birthday...
Proms...
Posing..

To mention just a few..

Today's photos tell the story of a cold day to windy to pose!! 

A day that no one wanted to go out in but ended up being a really cool day out to shopping with lots of treats...

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Run, Run, Run...


Getting our two eldest children interested in running was one of the best decisions we have made. The idea came around about 9 years ago when they were 8 and 10 years old. After just giving birth to my daughter and being busy with a toddler, we needed to find a fun pastime to tire the older boys out.


When the boys were at school my husband drove me and our tiny tots to Berry Hill Park In the middle of the park was a running track, my husband started sharing his childhood memories of his running club days and I knew we had to bring the lads up to see it.

A few days later my husband brought the boys up to the park on running club nights. The park was buzzing, full of children and adults of all ages shapes and sizes. All seemingly having fun running jumping and throwing for all they were worth. It was the place to be and if like me (at the time) you didn't run, it sure made you want to start. The boys loved it, so much so after a few years we decided to sell our house move schools all to be nearer to the club.


For years my sons enjoyed training nights and weekend racing. It developed a sense of pride, kept them fit made them realise the value of hard work and they made some great friends along the way.. Alas the club is now a shadow of it's former self as the club and trustees (who run the park) do not get on. As a result children are no longer welcome to train in the park. The club has essentially been split up with children and adults having to go to different venues around the County to train. It is no longer a hobby we can all do as a family. Such a shame.



My little ones are now 8 and 10 and its time to find them their hobbies. Something that keeps them fit, takes advantage of the great outdoors and is fun. Maybe it will be running again or cycling, or football. Who knows? Maybe even balancing a scooter on your head and seeing how long you can keep your tongue blobbed out?



Hopefully we do not need to move house though?!

As for me I am now training up for my 2nd London Marathon, looks like I caught the running bug!!


linking our outdoor fun up with

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Countdown To Halloween : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-Jsthoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...


By the time I sorted my Halloween pictures out last year it was over!!

So today I'm sharing some I still have on my phone of our fun we had last year...


Friday, 18 October 2013

Pumpkin Cookies And Toffee Apples...



Pumpkin Cookies

Time to make: 1 hour

Skill level: Beginner

We used

  • One batch cookies (see recipe below)
  • Pumpkin cookie cutter
  • Ready made sugarpaste, orange & black
  • White vegetable fat such as Trex
  • Small quantity of buttercream to act as 'glue'

How to make

  • Lightly grease your work surface with the fat and roll the kneaded orange sugarpaste to a thickness of approximately 3-4mm.
  • Using the same pumpkin-shaped cutter that cut the cookie shapes, cut a shape, lift carefully, moisten the back with buttercream and place on the cookie. 
  • Repeat with other cookies.
  • Use a finger moistened with water to smooth and round the edges.
  • Roll out the black sugarpaste in the same manner as step 1.
  • Use a craft knife or small kitchen knife to cut out pumpkin features and apply to half the cookies with a little buttercream.
TIP:

  • If desired, moisten the surface of the remaining iced cookies with water and sprinkle over orange edible glitter.

Vanilla cookies

  • 225g/8oz flour
  • 5ml/1tbsp baking powder
  • 100g/4oz butter
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 5ml/1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten

Oven temp: 190C/Gas Mark 5

Makes 20-24

How to make

  • Rub butter into sifted flour and baking powder.
  • Add sugar then mix to a dough with vanilla and egg.
  • Roll out fairly thinly on a lightly floured surface.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet allowing space for spreading.
  • Bake until golden brown and cool on a wire rack before decorating.

Toffee Apples

Time to make: 40 mins

Skill level: Beginner

We used

  • 6 x small apples (Russet apples are best but any will do)
  • 300g sugar and small saucepan
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Slips of kraft paper
  • Slips of white card and a hole punch
  • Jewellery cord, natural
  • Cellophane wrap in orange & clear
  • Assorted ribbons in shades of orange, brown and purple
  • Alphabet rubber stamps
  • Pigment ink pad, brown

How to make

  • Prepare a sheet of kitchen foil by oiling it lightly with vegetable oil. Push a lollipop stick into each apple.
  • Melt the sugar in the pan and allow to boil gently until it turns a caramel colour. 
  • Do not overcook as it will taste bitter. 
  • Remove from heat.
  • Take each apple in turn and holding it by the stick, dip each apple in the sugar until it is well coated.
  •  TAKE CARE AS THE MELTED SUGAR MIXTURE IS EXTREMELY HOT. 
  • You might need to spoon the mixture over the last apple as the level in the pan drops. 
  • Place each apple on the oiled foil sheet and allow to cool.
  • Place each cooled apple in the centre of a 30cm square ofcellophane sheet and draw up and around the apple securing where the apple and stick meet with a knot of ribbon.
  • Attach a stamped label to each stick with the cord if desired.
 Recipe and photo credit to Hobbycraft


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