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Is it too early to share our first Easter craft of the year? I know we still have our Valentine’s Day cards up around the house but the children had an Inset Day today so we made a start on our Easter crafting. Equipment to make polystyrene Easter chicks  Polytyrene eggs Yellow tissue paper Orange foam Bostik Fine and Wide Glu Pen How to make polystyrene Easter chicks First we tore our yellow tissue paper into pieces and glued it to the polystyrene shapes using the Bostik Fine and Wide Glu Pen. The glue pen is double-ended which makes it perfect for all kinds of craft projects. My daughter used the wide end to cover the egg shape with glue. It was a little messy but she didn’t mind and the glue washed off easily. She covered three egg shapes with glue and we left them to dry for a few hours (they were quite sticky!). Whilst they were drying out she drew feet and beaks for her little chicks on the orange craft foam which I then cut out for her. When the chicks had dried she added the foam beak, foam feet and googly eyes using Bostik Glu Dots. […]

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I love starting off each week by writing my Monday mindfulness – 5 happy things blog post. It’s a great chance to reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week. It’s been pretty busy as my children have been on half term for the last week. We’ve also been away for a few days in Wiltshire and spent some time at home too. Monday mindfulness – 5 happy things We were away for Pancake Day so managed to enjoy it twice – once at my mum’s and again at home. Netflix sent us a fun parcel of goodies to help us celebrate. I wrote a post about what we’ve been binge watching lately – Altered Carbon anyone? My kids were super excited about Valentine’s Day this year but it was a shame it came so close to Pancake Day. I gave the children each a card (Cath Kidston for one and Meri Meri for the other – I had fun choosing them!). They also received a personalised tin with some chocolates in from Cotton Twist. I bought my husband a gorgeous papercut card designed by Poppy Chancellor. My daughter was excited to celebrate Galentine’s Day with […]

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Yesterday I was out shopping with my daughter when I spotted a candle with the words “tired as a mother” on it. I love candles so bought it and lit it this evening. There’s something really soothing about lighting a candle after the children have gone to bed. Then it’s finally my time to relax and let’s face it, after half term I’m feeling pretty tired. As much as I love my children, looking after them is a full-time job. We have had a busy half term with days out, trips to the park, playdates, baking, crafting and watching films. We’ve actually done a lot but my children have a lot of energy. Quiet mornings at home are only good if the afternoon is super busy. Fortunately they both sleep well at night. They’ve both been tasked with tidying their rooms this half term which means their bedrooms are a lovely, calming place to be – just like my own bedroom. I also love to sleep and fall asleep quite easily, especially after a day with my children! It helps that I have the world’s comfiest bed. My husband has always insisted that we have a decent bed and mattress […]

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Last month I told you a little about Series 1 of SuperZings. They are everyday objects brought to life in a fun, hero vs villain rivalry theme. Clad in iconic superhero capes and eye-masks, there are more than 80 multi-coloured figures to collect in total, each with a matching ‘rival’, which adds a fun new dimension. SuperZings are perfect for ages 4-8 and my children love them. They are the perfect pocket money prices which means it’s easy for them to collect and swap with friends. My son was sent a very generous selection which included a Starter Pack, Blind Packets, Hideouts, Supercars, Blister Pack, Mission Pack and Kaboom Trap. The products are priced from 80p for a Blind Packet to £12 for the Mission Pack. You can see the unboxing video we made about them:  All the SuperZings live together in Kaboom City. There are 36 regular characters available in two different colour-themes, plus 6x Silver and 2x Gold ‘Rare’ and 1x Enigma ‘Super Rare’ SuperZing. The Starter Pack and Blister Packs both contain four SuperZings and an exclusive Super Disc Blaster. You can find out more about SuperZings at www.superzings.com, and buy them at The Entertainer, as well as leading […]

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My 6 year old has completely fallen under the spell of Vampirina, the hot new Disney Junior TV show which celebrates friendship and difference – with a spooktacular twist! The show is based on the Vampirina Ballerina series of books written by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Vampirina follows the story of Vampirina “Vee” Hauntley who becomes the new kid on the block after she and her family move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania to open a local bed and breakfast called the Scare B&B for visiting ghouls and goblins. Now there’s a cool new toy range to accompany the show from Flair, featuring dolls, accessories and playsets so girls can recreate the Vampirina fun at home with their friends. We were sent some of the new toys to try out at home. Vampirina Spookylele and Gloves The Spooktastic Spookylele looks just like Vampirina’s! Press the buttons to activate lights and hear Vampirina’s theme song along with additional music, guitar riffs and whammy sounds! The guitar features fun bright colours and the mouth of theSpookylele really moves! My daughter loved dressing up and playing her Spookylele, just like Vampirina. Vampirina Spookylele and Gloves RRP £22.99 Hauntley’s Mobile Hauntley’s Mobile vehicle features lights, sounds, music and accessories (including a coffin-shaped […]

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Over half term my children have been discovering all of their toys which has been really lovely to see. After school clubs and activities mean they don’t get to play nearly as much as they would like to! Today was a Schleich day and they set up some of their favourite sites all over the living room. Learning about animals opens up a fascinating world for pre-school children and with Schleich’s vast collection of farm and wild life animals. This kind of toy is perfect as little ones can learn as they play. I love the fact that each Schleich animal, whether new or part of the existing line-up, can be collected one by one until an entire play world is created. You can also add some of the larger playsets to create a whole new world! Schleich Wildlife range We were recently sent some new animals from the Schleich Wildlife range, including the lion, Black Bull, Indian Rhino, and Pig to try out at home. New animals and accessories are added year after year to ensure that children’s imaginations grow along with their collection. As you would expect from Schleich, each animal is highly detailed with high quality paintwork. I […]

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I love discovering monthly subscription boxes. My husband loves them, my children love them and I love them too! Who doesn’t love some happy mail every month. It totally counts as self care, right? I was pretty excited to discover a new monthly subscription box containing sweet treats called treatbox. Each month you can receive a wonderful assortment of goodies from around the world. All sweets or chocolates are individually wrapped, so you can easily share the love – should you wish! Treating myself to a treatbox So what was inside my first treatbox? I do love to receive mail and was very happy when the post lady handed me my box. The treatbox came in a sturdy cardboard box and was pretty weighty. I did a tiny sneak preview over on my Insta stories as I was so excited. Underneath a layer of tissue paper was a wonderful assortment of chocolate from around the world. Some of the brands I recognised, such as Milka, but others were new to me. The treatbox contents included Milka Daim, Divine Orange Milk Chocolate, Cote D’Or Dark Chocolate Bar, Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate with Seasalt and Almonds, Seed and Bean Raspberry and Vanilla, Cachet […]

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The weather has been pretty poor this half term. We’ve been away for a few days but are now back home to enjoy play dates and hopefully some trips to the park. We started off our day with some special pancakes as we were away for Pancake Day. Netflix had sent us a box of supplies, which the kids thought were pretty cool. We’ve been watching quite a bit of Netflix recently and were really excited about Altered Carbon. There are 10 episodes in Season 1 which I can’t wait to binge watch over the next few evenings. Since we had children I have to admit that binge watching has become a thing of the past. The children seem to stay up later and later which means we have less time to watch programmes we want. Although since discovering Altered Carbon I’ll definitely be trying to get them to bed early! Recently Netflix put together the Top 10 First Binge show which were watched in the UK. If you’re anything like the average viewer, your first Netflix binge was probably one of these… I have to admit to being a pretty average Netflix viewer! Our first Netflix binge was Breaking Bad […]

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Do you celebrate Galentine’s’ Day or Valentine’s’ Day? This year I introduced my daughter to the idea of Galentine’s’ Day with a very special parcel of L.O.L Surprise goodies! Celebrate Valentine’s with L.O.L Surprise! Little Sis adores her L.O.L Surprise collection. To celebrate Galentine’s’ Day she received a bundle of goodies and the same to give her BFF. Take a look at our unboxing video to see what she was sent:  She was so lucky to receive an exclusive L.O.L Surprise card to write her own message in, as well as one of the brand new L.O.L Surprise! Confetti Dolls and a L.O.L Surprise! Little Sisters, one for her and one to give to her BFF. L.O.L. Surprise! Confetti Pop This Spring, L.O.L. Surprise! Confetti Pop launches in the UK with nine brand new surprises including new dolls, new accessories and a new surprise water feature. Not only does the L.O.L Surprise! Confetti Pop have outfits, accessories, shoes and dolls – hidden amongst the layers is a ribbon, inviting you to pull and reveal a confetti pop! surprise which can be enjoyed over and over again. See how we got on opening ours! L.O.L Surprise! Lil Sisters L.O.L Surprise! Lil Sisters have five surprises, the clue hints at which […]

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Last term Big Brother was learning all about the Egyptians at school. He’s finding Year 3 really interesting and I wanted to see if there was anything we could do to encourage him. I know we could have visited the British Museum but it’s always really busy at the weekend. Instead we planned a visit to the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London, part of University College London Museums and Collections. Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London After an exciting morning spent queuing for photos at Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station we walked down to the Petrie Museum. It’s down a little alley way, very unassuming. We walked through a door and up some stairs to discover a very old-fashioned museum. The children were delighted to be handed an Activity backpack and off we went. Their backpack included a magnifying glass and activity sheets to help them discover more about the collection. The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to […]

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