Saturday, 28 November 2015

Project 365 - Week 48

What a week....It has been challenging but a great one at the same time....I'm glad it's the weekend though. Time for Project 365

325/365 21st November 2015
New PJ's for my birthday! I love them.

326/365 22nd November 2015
I finally got around to blowing out my candles.

327/365 23rd November 2015
Waiting to go in to get Becky's braces tightened.

328/365 24th November 2015
I made sure I got Becky a treat from the book fair at Ellie's school.

329/365 25th November 2015
No photo I took one from Timehop.....It was either really chilly 5 years ago or we have toughened up to the cold. lol

330/365 26th November 2015
X marks the spot! Ellie drew on the living room wall. She should know better.....Her reason was she needed something to aim a ball at! It actually wiped off really easily!

331/365 27th November 2015 
Stu and Ellie playing Disney's Pictopia.

HARIBO Christmas Giveaway!!

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Friday, 27 November 2015

This week has been Challenging! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

How I have not gone mad or lost my temper in a huge way is beyond me....It's been one of those weeks....

On Monday we had Becky's appointment to get her braces tightened....I wasn't looking forward to it. It was chucking it down with rain and we had a 20 minute walk....Ugh!

Becky had her braces tightened and they added elastic bands to them.....A band which goes from the bottom back tooth to one of the front one's....They are to help with the straightening of the teeth....They look just like tiny loom bands....They have to be taken off when eating and brushing which is quite annoying.....Becky had a complete hissy fit about this and wanted me to do it for her. I said no....Not to be nasty but she had to do it herself or how would she manage when she has her lunch at school....There was shouting from her and tears I remained calm and turned to YouTube for help....She picked up some tricks and now she is taking them on and off like a pro! Phew!

On Tuesday there was a book fair at the school....The had some wonderful books....Quite a few I have bought for Christmas which caused a problem....Ellie had set her heart on the Minecraft book: Stampy's Lovely Book which I have hidden away, a copy for her and one for Becky! I had to convince her not to get it which she was not happy about at all....What made the situation even worse was the fact they were all half price!! I could have saved myself a fortune!

Becky came in from school on Tuesday and said she hadn't had any lunch as her teeth were sore and there was no soft food....She said she had asked the canteen staff and they had told her to go away and went to see her head of year and was refused access to the upstairs where she was.....Obviously I was livid and emailed the school who were quick to reply and said they'd look into it....

On Wednesday morning Stu answered the phone and it turns out Becky had just looked in the canteen and didn't ask anyone about the food and her head of year was in the dining hall like she is every day....My girl blatantly lied to me and let me email the school complaining! It turns out if children get braces the school will do all they can to make their life easier including giving them things which is not on the menu but they couldn't do this for Becky because she didn't ask! I had words with her and she knows what she did is wrong....She has been banned from her tablet and laptop....Grr!  

Today is Black Friday as if you didn't know.....I am sick of hearing about it. I thought it was one day! Oh no it seems to have been going on the whole week.....I have been torturing myself. Seeing toys on sale....Toys which I bought for full price weeks ago which are now half price....I nearly bought a hoover the other day because there was 70% off....I don't need a new hoover the silly price just excited me....Then yesterday I thought I saw the bargain of the year! A Dyson for £15. Yeah it was a toy Doh!

Even with all that I haven't got that stressed and I am still smiling....I am really surprised at myself....I'm thinking it's the fact it's the run up to Christmas and nothing can dampen my mood!

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Family Games....10 of the best!

As a child on Christmas day after we'd stuffed ourselves with turkey we would always play games as a family and now with my girls the same thing happens....Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without settling down to an afternoon of family fun playing some games....

These are some of mine and my girls favourite games....Some we want and some we have played and loved....Usually on these types of posts I would tell you the prices and the cheapest place to get it but with it coming up to Christmas the prices are changing all the time so do shop around. 

***I wrote this before we reviewed Disney Pictopia...I would have to add that to this list too!***

Around about £20.

The exciting Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted! Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the hand of this hilarious game unit and start turning the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face! You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced, and the one who scores 25 points wins. Take some risks and hope for the best in this hilarious game! 
From £24 to £30

Shout is the explosive Team Game of looking, linking and thinking! One team asks a question and the other must shout out as many correct answers in the time provided. Then the roles are reversed. It sound simple enough but with the timer always ticking, don t be surprised if you start feeling the pressure! Shout is great fun for for 2+ players and ages over 12. 

From £14 to £20

2-4 Players The Magic Tooth Fairy Game "magically" changes teeth into glittering gold coins in front of your eyes! When a kid loses a play-tooth they place it under the Magic Bed's pillow, plunge the Tooth Fairy Wand and hey presto their tooth has turned into a gold coin. Great game play recreates all the tension and excitement of losing a tooth - including that Wobbly Tooth Dilemma: do you have the courage to pull your tooth out - or don't you?


Fast-paced, fun-packed Dobble sees players find the one matching symbol between one card and another before their opponents, with each mini-game requiring them to pick up as many cards as possible or the the quickest to get rid of them! Simple, quick and easy to learn, this game will make the perfect stocking filler for children and adults alike! We reviewed Dobble Kids a while ago and absolutely loved it.

LOGO What Am I? Game
Between £17 and £20.

Kids will love this Logo What am I? board game and they will be surprised with how much they know about their favourite products! From chocolate to cereal, football to flowers, we are exposed to lots of logos! This board game will let kids 'guess it,' 'draw it,' or 'describe it', and they will build confidence along the way!

Hotel Tycoon
Around about £20

The game sees players try to buy and build the best hotels, earning the most money and bankrupting their opponents. As in Monopoly, money is earned by players who end up on one of the entrances of your hotels, after their dice roll. The more luxurious the hotel, the more money a guest will earn you! With eye-catching 3D hotels, the game offers many hours of family fun. We reviewed it not so long ago....

Gogglebox ~ The TV Trivia Board Game.
Between £16 and £25

Gogglebox is a fun-packed TV trivia board game based on the BAFTA winning observational documentary series. Answer TV trivia, ad break questions as well as questions on the Goggleboxers themselves to try and win Gogglebox tokens. The first player to collect 8 Gogglebox tokens and get back to the start is the winner. A game for up to four players.

Disney Frozen Junior Monopoly.
Between £13 and £25

Thaw your frozen friends in this Disney-themed Monopoly game for kids! The fast-trading property game meets the power of snow and ice in this Monopoly Junior game. Kids will join Anna, Elsa and Olaf as they travel through Arendelle and buy its most magical locations. Whoever collects the most cash will thaw their freezing heart and win! 

From £14 to £20.

It's the classic skill game of Operation, now with multitudes of minions! Stuart's having a bad day and it's up to you to fix him. Operate on Stuart to remove the unicorn fluff or fix his nutty noggin and his toxic tongue! Collect all of Stuart's Funatomy parts to win and earn extra points with Minion Medics, but don't set off the buzzer! Are your hands steady enough to win the Despicable Me 2 version of Operation?

Between £10 and £16

Add a twist of fun into any party or family night with the game that ties you up in knots! This Twister game is the classic game with 2 more moves. Give the spinner a whirl and see what’s next as you try to keep your hands and feet on the mat! Right foot red! Can you do it? Left foot green… you got it! If your knee or elbow touches the mat, or you fall over, you’re out. Be the last player standing to win!

Do you play games as a family at Christmas? Have you bought any new one's for Christmas?