Saturday, 15 April 2017

Fuzzikins Craft CottonTail Cottage Review

 Summer loves colouring in so when we got told that we were able to review the FuzziKins craft cottontail cottage, Summer was really excited and couldn't wait to receive it. She was so excited she got one of the rabbits out before I could take a picture of it.



It comes with everything you need to decorate and playing with your book house and rabbits, Summer loves the baby bunnies.


Perfect size for little hands
In the box was a place for your to practice with how you wanted your bunnies to look, and your house, Summer coloured it but ignored what she did and did her own thing on the bunnies.


While Summer was colouring in I got the pop out house to stay open and put the fence on for Summer to start playing, this was really quick and easy to do.


It didn't take long before Kira noticed the house and both of them started to play with it, when we realised we had missed the stickers to decorate the house which all three of us joined in to decorate, this pop out house and bunnies have been fantastic and even after 3 weeks still getting this out to play with.



There is loads of different Fuzzikins to purchase, the bunnies cottage is £19.99 you can also find them on facebook

*we were gifted Fuzzikins bunnies cottage for my own views and photos*

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Snapfish Review

 If  I'm looking for an extra special gift or a unique gift for a family member, friend or a new canvas I always look at Snapfish to see what they have available.  They are always bringing out new ideas and they are really reasonably priced and are really quick at getting them posted out to you.

We were asked to see what we thought of their Christmas card range, I got straight onto my laptop to have a look.  The range of Christmas cards they had were astonishing; I hadn't realised they did that many, there was so much to choose from.  I knew which picture I wanted to use, I picked my design but the photo didn't fit in it without chopping someones head off, so had another look and found another I liked, I choose a flat postcard design with a family picture of all of us, the whole process took me minutes.  This was our Christmas Card this year and for 12 of these cost me £6.99 I would of spent double that in a shop.

Our Christmas Card
Our Christmas Card 
Well while I was on Snapfish I had to look at the other Christmas items they had brought out, one of the items that took my fancy was a photo bauble which I knew exactly who it was going to be for.  It is tradition in our family to get a new Christmas tree decoration each year so this was the perfect for that tradition. The photo doesn't do it justice.

A Christmas Tree decoration
A Christmas tree decoration 
After looking at what Snapfish do for Christmas Cards I certainly will be looking at them again to get a more personal Christmas Card before going to a shop.

*We were given a voucher to spend on Snapfish for our views and opinions*

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Speke Hall and Father Christmas

I have been to Speke Hall a handful of times, once with the younger two and once on my own with a friend and her two children, she told me that she really recommends the Father Christmas; I tend to go to Grottoes that friends have recommended.  When I got home I had a look at it and the price because that is always a factor in it, figured out when the best date would be for us and booked it for us.

We got to Speke Hall just after 12 to go and look around the house for the Victorian tour first before we went to see Father Christmas, there was a small queue but it moved really quickly, Kacy stood next to us saying "You can't have a Victorian house tour in a Tudor house" (don't you hate know it alls?) The house was stunning, it was the first time any of us had been in this house, the girls got a map to find reindeers along the way, Kacy being her stroppy preteen didn't want to do it at first but it didn't take her long before she joined in, literally the first one we found she joined in (kids! especially preteens).

The place we visited on the tour was the courtyard, which was the perfect place to get my new place Selfie

Selfie
Selfie
 In most of the rooms the girls found the Reindeers which meant it kept their attention all the way around the house. The reason behind it being a Victorian Tour in a Tudor house is because the Victorian's used the house so that they didn't have to build their own. The people who brought it never actually lived in the house they just rented it out until one day it was left to go to ruins, they think they might have died.

Victorian house tour
Victorian house tour
At the end of the house, the girls got the opportunity to make sugar mice and all they asked was for a 50p donation, it took 5 minutes to make, the women who ran it made it fun and easy for the children.

The girls sugar mice
The girl's sugar mice
We had about half an hour to spare before seeing Father Christmas so it was time for a hot chocolate which was so nice, the house wasn't that warm. The girls got a five minute play in the park before it was time to queue up, at the front of the grotto was Mrs Claus who talked to the girls about what they wanted for Christmas and gave each of the children reindeer food and told them what to do with it.  Father Christmas was fantastic with the girls, interacted with them, he convinced Summer to stand next to him (she was scared of the magic fire) and that he would keep her safe.  Because she was being so brave she got to help hand out the presents, you can see the excitement and joy in the girls faces even Kacy who doesn't believe about seeing Father Christmas.

Girls seeing father christmas
Girls seeing Father Christmas

I would highly recommend Speke Hall Grotto, I don't know if all the National Trust Grottoes are the same but the girls loved it and that's the main thing.

Christmas World Of Glass

If you follow me on Instagram or have read my latest blog with what we have got planned this month, you will know that we have been to World of Glass a fair few times and the girls love it.  As soon as I found out they were doing a Christmas one I eagerly waited for the email to say we could book tickets, I was telling a couple of the Mums from school about it and they loved the idea and booked on too.

We arrived and managed to get around one table with the adults on small chairs (work that one out), Lynne who does the craft sessions went through what we could do, the younger three got a plaque and a little angel, the older 3 got one glass bauble each and Kira got to decide whether she wanted to be younger one or an older one, she decided she wanted a plaque and a angel like the younger ones.

There was several options of what we could copy onto our baubles/plaques, Kacy and Summer choose Christmas trees but slightly different designs, Kira chose a Reindeer.  Everyone had a fantastic time drawing the outline onto their baubles or plaques, then it was time to decide what colours you wanted to paint, you do two coats on to them - the first one is a really thin layer.

World of glass
Having loads of fun
After we have done the first layer, Lynne came over and gave us our next craft to do which was do a card, where again you could draw the picture first, then paint it with a very thin layer.  Kacy picked a snowman, Kira a penguin, Summer a Christmas pudding and so that we didn't end up with all the same pictures I had to do a bell - you got less choice with the card, because you had to make sure they fitted in your window.

While we waited for the paint to dry we could do other crafts from, colouring in, reindeer making, wreath making, Christmas tree sticking and all sorts of crafts, the children never got bored. The time flew and it was soon time to do the second coat of paint and stick the glass to the cards.

More fun
Having more fun
I didn't take as many pictures as I would've liked due to joining in with the fun, which is more important.  Everyone had a fantastic afternoon, this is our third visit to the World of Glass and we will definitely be doing the craft session again in February.




Thursday, 24 November 2016

Bellz Game Review

As a family we love playing games, when we were given the opportunity to try out a game we have never heard of before it was a no brainer.

The girls were so excited to try it out that I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the box before they ripped it open.

All ready to play
All ready to play

This game is so simply to play and in the same instance so challenging,  you open up the pouch and that is your arena it comes with 40 Bellz in 4 different colours and 3 different sizes.

You all pick a colour and then using the magnet wand you try and get a string or a cluster of the same colour bells, if you pick any other colours up then your turn is over, the first player to get all 10 bells wins the game.

Both ends of the magnet wand works, the large end is a more powerful magnet for when you want to get a long chain of Bellz, or a small end for the tricky Bellz.


I wasn't that good at the game
I was not that good at the game
As you can see from the picture above I wasn't that brilliant at the game, we all had so much fun playing Bellz that I forgot to take pictures of us playing it.

So easy to tidy up and put away, everything fits into the pouch and zips up, it's small enough that you can put in a drawer. It would be fantastic to take away with or even to distract children at a restaurant while waiting for the food.

So easy to store
So easy to store

*We were given this product for our opinions and photos*

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Our December's Plan

December is a busy time of year for everyone, getting the few last items for presents or starting to buy presents, seeing family or getting out and about.  It's the one time of year we as a family are usually not that busy or we miss out on doing things because we leave it too late BUT not this year I am determined to do things we have missed out on.


As usual we will do ELF on the shelf breakfast and they will get up to mischief throughout December.  I didn't get round to write up what the Elf got up to last year so this is on my to do list this year. You can read about our first Elf breakfast here, last year I tried hard to hopefully get Kacy believing in the magic again and all she did was roll her eyes at me so this year I will step up the game again.

If you are a regular reader you might have seen that in the summer holidays we went to the World of Glass and had a fantastic time, we did it again in the October half term and yes we love it that much I have booked for us to go again for the Christmas theme and have paid for me and Daddy to do it too.  We have got some friends coming along with us as well which will make it extra fun for the girls. You can read about it here and find more information here 

This is when we went in the Summer Holidays
This is when we went in the summer holidays 
In the same weekend I have just booked the girls to go and see Father Christmas, I love going to ones that people have recommended to me, We are heading to a National Trust place Speke Hall, We have been there a fair few times and love it we don't go as often as we'd like because Spirit can't go everywhere. They are decorating the house into a traditional Victorian theme christmas, you can listen to carols in the Great Hall and enjoy a festive meal in the restaurant. Tip for you - it is booking up extremely fast for the National Trust Father Christmas so book now so you don't miss out.

The weekend the 10th and 11th I am in Manchester for a proper girly night with two special friends, we are staying in a hotel so we can all have a drink and going to go around the Christmas markets and a proper good catch up, we try and plan something every year but we leave it so late to organise it that it never happens, I'm really looking forward to this weekend.

The Friday the 16th is Kacy's 11th Birthday (can we stop time?!) she has now decided she doesn't want anything she has asked for (well she does) and she wants her bedroom decorated instead so we have said yes to this.  We have warned her it wouldn't be happening till at least February when the weather warms up.  On the same day it is the start of the EYFS school play, I can't wait to find out what Summer will be.   On the Sunday we are busy as well, Summer and I have a got a friend's joint birthday party then it will be Kacy's Mad Hatter's tea party - she has planned it to a T - she has invited the friends she wants to come and told them what she wants them to dress up as, she has arranged her outfit, we just need to sort her waist coat out.

Kacy loving the hat I have brought her
Kacy loving the hat I have brought her
The weekend after is Christmas Eve I am not sure what we are doing. It is the first time in a long time it has fallen at a weekend, due to going on Christmas day for lunch we can go and do something fun, I would love to take the girls to a Christmas Panto but I don't think we have got time.

Have you got anything exciting planned for December

Monday, 7 November 2016

Labyrinth Board Game Review

As a family we love playing board games, I try and find different ones so that all ages can play but sometimes this can be hard with the big age gap between Kacy and Summer.  I had look at Labyrinth a fair few times in the shop and wondered if Kacy would like it but never got round to buying it due to buying games for all of us to play.  When we got the opportunity to review it I thought it would be a perfect time for Kacy to have one on one time with Daddy and I.

Labyrinth Game
Labyrinth Game


As we were setting the game up, Kacy mentioned that someone had brought it into school last year and no-one could figure out how to play it, so we read the instructions a fair few times so we knew what we were doing.  After getting our head around the instructions it was really easy and we got started.

setting the game up
Setting the game up

Contents:

1 Game Board
34 Maze Cards
24 Object Cards
4 Playing pieces

Object of the game:
Search the Laybrinth for your magical objects and characters by carefully moving through the constantly changing maze.  The first player to find all their objects and characters and then return to the starting square is the winner.

Preparation:

The first time you play it, you carefully remove the maze and the object cards from the stamped cards, and shuffle the maze and object cards extremely well, with the maze cards you make up a random maze. One maze card will be left over; this will be used during the game for moving the maze pathways, also deal the object cards to each player till they are all gone, keeping them face down,  Each player chooses a playing piece and put it on the same colour starting square.

How to play:

On your turn, look at the top card in your stack without showing it to the other players. You now have to try and get to the square showing the same pictures as on your card.  To do this, first insert a maze card and move your playing piece.  The youngest player goes first and play continues in a clockwise direction.

Shifting the pathways:

Along the edge of the board are 12 arrows. When it is your turn you must choose one of the arrows and then insert a maze card, which will push out a maze card at the opposite end.  The card that is pushed out remains on the edge of the board until it is inserted elsewhere during the next player's turn.  A maze card cannot be pushed back in at the same place as the previous player pushed it out. (this bit got a bit confusing and we couldn't remember where it had come out of so we used the last playing piece and put it where the maze piece had just come out of. )

Players must make a move within the maze when it is your turn even if you can't get to your character card.

This game is so much fun, each time you play it, it wouldn't be the same - it could last 20 minutes to a couple of hours you just never know.

In full Swing
In full swing 
All the way through it looked like Kacy was going to win, but Daddy actually won and Kacy lost with me in the middle, Kacy wasn't impressed.

If you're looking for a board game for your little ones for christmas I would highly recommend it. Its for ages 7 plus.

*we were given this game for our own views*