Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Science4you Science Kits - Review!!

My girls love Science and in the past we have tried out a few kits.....When we were given the opportunity to review a couple of kits we'd never tried before we jumped at the chance....

First up we tried the Water Science kit....

With 27 experiments find out the properties of water, how to create fantastic soap bubbles, how to turn a glass of water upside down without spilling it, how to make instant snow & how to make a water xylophone. 

Ellie has a thing about water so this was the ideal kit for her to show her what else water can actually do....

 Making bubbles was nearly their favourite activity but it was the artificial snow which amazed them both......

And the Magical Spheres....Even I was impressed with these....I love seeing my girls reactions when things happen which they are not expecting....

This kit was fantastic and shows kids how something as simple as water can be fun to play with as well as educational.....My girls loved it....There is enough in this kit to keep children busy for hours....I'd say it is well worth the £14.99.

Next up was the Slimy Factory - Slippery slugs kit.....

With 17 experiments find out what atoms and molecules are, which polymers are used in everyday life and how to create fantastic slippery monsters and bouncing balls. 

The girls had been itching to try this since it arrived....They loved the idea of slime and making their own bouncy balls. It did not disappoint....

They started off by making a Crazy ball which really bounced and then made Fake Fish Eggs which was a lot of fun and once again amazed them!!

Our favourite thing in this kit wasn't slime though....It was the  bouncing ball.....There was enough to make one each for the girls and they are very impressed with there creations...

This kit again is a lot of fun and costs £19.99.

Both of these kits are fantasic value for money and can give children hours of fun.....There is everything you need in the kits to do all the experiments....Well apart from water obviously and there is more than enough of the powders and such....

My girls aged 12 & 7 both enjoyed them greatly....The directions are easy to follow and even though The Slimy Factory is aimed at older children my girls managed ok with a little direction from me. They managed fine with the Water Science kit and needed little help.

Using kits like this children learn without realising.....They are fun introduction to Science....They would make fantastic gifts for Christmas....
Family Fever
We were sent these Science kits free of charge....This is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own...

Monday, 29 September 2014

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


Last weeks meal plan sort of went to plan.....It went great until we got the the weekend....On Friday Spam fritters were swapped for Pizza for the kids and Chinese for Stu and I.....I don't know why it is but by Friday night I just fall out of love with cooking.....I must remember that more when meal planning!! 

As the kids had already had pizza we ended up having Chicken Stir fry for te on Saturday.....Stu and the kids love cooking it and I have a break from the kitchen....Bonus! 

This was taken a couple of weeks ago when they were cooking the most delicious Stir Fry....

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - The Spam fritters, chips and beans...
Tuesday - Mushroom risotto....
Thursday - Pork and apple sausages and wedges....
Friday - Fun pitta pizzas....
Saturday - Burgers in buns....
Sunday - Chicken casserole, mash & veg....

As always I've joined in with the wonderful Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky....

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Cute Rain Boots!! - Review!!

The weather is a changing.....There's a chill in the air and more of the wet stuff falling from the sky....No more flip flops and cute sandals.....It's out with the boots and wellies....

I don't know about you but I hate having wet feet....When it is raining I still have the school run to do twice a day so there is no chance of me staying indoors in the dry and if it snows trainers or shoes are useless so a good pair of wellies are a must for me!

I was asked if I would like to review a pair of boots I jumped at the chance....I chose the floral wide calf rain boots....I loved the colours and the design just jumped out at me.....

Man-made sole.
Ideal for all weather conditions.
Made from quality rubber material.
Boot height 14 inches.

The average boot is designed for a calves of around 15 inches. Many women need a more generous fit to be comfortable. This boot is available in 17, 18 and 19 inch fittings.

I made a rookie mistake last year and bought a pair off boots and tried them on when I was only wearing tights....They had no chance of fitting over my jeans.....These however do which is absolutely fantastic!

I ordered a size seven....I usually take a size six and a half but I always find boots to be tight on my feet so didn't want to chance it.....These are a big size 7.....It doesn't really matter though as I can wear my thick winter socks with them....Bonus!

The adjustable buckles are wonderful....I can get the right tightness depending on what I'm wearing and the length of them is just right....They are comfortable to wear and don't feel too heavy like some boots can.....These boots are well made and I can't wait until it snows to really see what they are made of....

These boots came from a comparison site called Cute Rain Boots that finds the most popular women’s and children’s rain boots online.....They have a pair to suit any occasion such as.....

Gardening – Sturdy and rugged designs that are comfortable to work in.
Fashion – Boots to pair up with an outfit to wear in wet weather without compromising the look.
Hiking – Boots that are comfortable enough and flexible enough to walk in for long periods of time.
Leisure – Rain boots that are fun and funky.

They feature boots from manufacturers such as Hunters, Bogs, Kidorable, Dav, Tretorn, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Crocs.
Family Fever
I was sent these boots free of charge....This is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own...

Silent Sunday!


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Preparing For Children...

It is not just a matter of reading books and decorating the nursery.....

 Here are 14 simple tests for expectant parents to take to prepare themselves for the real-life experience of being a mother or father.

Test 1: Preparation

Women: To prepare for pregnancy.
1. Put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front.
2. Leave it there.
3. After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.

Men: To prepare for children.
1. Go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself
2. Go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home. Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.

Test 2: Knowledge

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour. Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

Test 3: Nights

To discover how the nights will feel:
1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 - 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.
2.  At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 11pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.
4. Set the alarm for 3am.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.
6. Go to bed at 2.45am.
7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.
9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.
10. Make breakfast.

Keep this up for 5 years. LOOK CHEERFUL

Test 4: Dressing Small Children

1. Buy a live octopus and a string bag.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hangout.
Time Allowed: 5 minutes.

Test 5: Cars

1. Forget the BMW. Buy a practical car.
2. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
3. Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.
4. Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.
5. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Test 6: Going for a walk

a. Wait.
b. Go out the front door.
c. Come back in again.
d. Go out.
e. Come back in again.
f. Go out again.
g. Walk down the front path.
h. Walk back up it.
i. Walk down it again.
j. Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes.
k. Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.
l. Retrace your steps.
m. Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.
n. Give up and go back into the house.
You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

Test 7: Conversations with children
Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.

Test 8: Grocery Shopping

1. Go to the local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child - a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.
2. Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.
3. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.
Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Test 9: Feeding a 1 year-old

1. Hollow out a melon
2. Make a small hole in the side
3. Suspend the melon from the ceiling and swing it side to side
4. Now get a bowl of soggy cornflakes and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon while pretending to be an aeroplane.
5. Continue until half the cornflakes are gone.
6. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor.

Test 10:TV

1. Learn the names of every character from Peppa Pig, Micky Mouses clubhouse and Ben & Holly.
2. Watch nothing else on television for at least 5 years.

Test 11:  Mess

Can you stand the mess children make? To find out:

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains
2. Hide a fish behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds and then rub them on clean walls. Cover the stains with crayon. How does that look?
4. Empty every drawer/cupboard/storage box in your house onto the floor and proceed with step 5.
5. Drag randomly items from one room to another room and leave them there.

Test 12: Long Trips with Toddlers

1. Make a recording of someone shouting 'Mummy' repeatedly. Important Notes: No more than a 4 second delay between each Mummy. Include occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet.
2. Play this tape in your car, everywhere you go for the next 4 years.
You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Test 13:Conversations

1. Start talking to an adult of your choice.
2. Have someone else continually tug on your shirt hem or shirt sleeve while playing the Mummy tape listed above.
You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

Test 14: Getting ready for work

1. Pick a day on which you have an important meeting.
2. Put on your finest work attire.
3. Take a cup of cream and put 1 cup of lemon juice in it
4. Stir
5. Dump half of it on your nice silk shirt
6. Saturate a towel with the other half of the mixture
7. Attempt to clean your shirt with the same saturated towel
8. Do not change (you have no time).
9. Go directly to work

You are now ready to have children. ENJOY!!

Friday, 26 September 2014

A chill in the air....

This week my word has to be...

Autumn is here and I don't know about the rest of the country but up here in Northumberland it has been rather chilly....

It seems we've had a day of rain then a dry, sunny day then another day of rain and so on....

There is a chill in the air and so far I am resisting putting the heating on during the day.....You can find me sat under a fleecy One Direction blanket! (Don't hate me...lol) We did give in and have it on for an hour the other night as it was so chilly and we just couldn't get warm after being caught in the rain coming home from school....Ellie and I were soaked but not as bad as Becky....She came in like a drowned rat! lol Hot chocolate was a must!!

It's playing havoc with me doing the washing.....I hate using the tumble dryer....Apart from the cost of it the only place we have space for out dryer is in my bedroom....Putting it on means I have to open the windows which leaves the bedroom so cold....

Boots have been brought out of the back of the cupboard and warmer coats are getting used more....There's a chill in the air and I can feel winter coming....

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Top Toys for Christmas 2014!!

Now that the girls birthdays are over with and all the bills are paid for the time being I can start thinking about Christmas.....Yes I know it's only September but I know if I don't start shopping early Christmas will creep up on me before I know it...

I've been looking at what toys are going to be big this Christmas and there are so good one's!

My Friend Cayla -  £59.99

My Friend Cayla is not just a doll, shes a real friend. Ask her all sorts of questions, from her likes and dislikes to general knowledge and sports results, and shell tell you the answer! Sync her with an Android or iOS device via Bluetooth and shell use speech-to-text technology to look up answers online and speak them back to you. Theres a pre-defined list of bad words? and topics which Cayla will not talk about. Cayla can also play games, tell stories and discuss photos, when shes not helping with homework! Cayla has lovely hair to play with and is wearing a cool outfit.

Doh Vinci Style and Store Vanity design kit - £19.99

DohVinci Style and Store Vanity. Design in 3D with the DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Kit! You can use the 4 Deco Pop tubes, sculpting tool and styler in this set to decorate your vanity your way. Swirls, flowers and other beautiful details are a snap - just aim, squezze, and design to your heart's content! The speciality tip lets you create even more snazzy decorations! They harden overnight so your creations will be around for a long time. The vanity has a real mirror and a working drawer, so once you're done creating, you can store your favourite things in it. Age from 6 years.

Kidizoom Smartwatch - £29.99

An amazing smart watch just for children. It's easy to use, with a 1.4" intuitive touch screen that features lots of different analogue and digital watch faces for you to choose from.

It's got a camera for taking 0.3 megapixel photos and videos with fun stamps and effects, along with a photo gallery. There's also an alarm, stop watch, timer and 3 fun games. You can even record your voice with different voice effects! Includes micro USB connection and cable for charging and transferring of files and rechargeable battery.

Barbie & Me Glamtastic Colour Change Handbag - £26.99

Imagine if you could change the colour of your handbag to match your outfit....well now you can! Hold the super stylish Barbie and Me Glamtastic Handbag against whatever you want to match it to and watch in amazement as it matches to over 100 colours 

Teksta T-Rex - £59.99

Meet Teksta T-Rex the bone crushing dino! Just like his puppy friend this Teksta Dinosaur responds to your voice, lights and sounds with expressive eye patterns to share his feelings. Using cutting edge hand gesture technology command Teksta T-Rex to walk, move his hands, tail and stop. Stroke his face to hear him roar and see him snap just like a real T-Rex Dinosaur! When he’s hungry feed him with his dino bone to see his ultimate trick, watch him crunch, munch and launch it away, followed by an almighty burp! Over 100 physical and app-sized interactive play features.

Leapfrog LeapTV - £119.97

With the LeapTV educational video gaming system, kids' will learn through motion as they jump, dance and more! The library of 70+ LeapFrog educator-approved games and videos teach reading, mathematics, science and creativity.

There are 3 amazing ways to play and learn: Body Motion - no controller is needed, dance, jump, hop and karate-chop. The camera captures kids movements as swing from skyscrapers as Spiderman! Pointer Play - with a simple twist you can turn your controller into a pointer for motion-based game play. Swivel one end of the controller out to play as Jake from Disney. Classic Control - fast-paced gaming, or tilt and shake the controller to race in LeapFrog Kart Racing.

Transformers 4 Stomp N Chomp Grimlock - £83.99
Toys R Us

Grimlock figure is a giant, 50cm Robot with a mighty sword that’s ready to take on any enemy. Transformers 4 Chomp & Stomp Grimlockchanges in 1 step to a dinosaur with a terrible, chomping jaw andlight-upeyes! Team him up with the included Transformers Optimus Prime mini-figure for maximum mayhem. Power Battlers and One-Step Changer figuresboth work with Stomp and Chomp to activate different lights, soundsand weapons, and his weapons pop out for battle!  

BoomCo Rapid Madness blaster - £37.49

The BOOMco. Rapid Madness Blaster features the BOOMco. Smart Stick system that lets you see exactly where you hit. The tip of every dart sticks to all Smart Stick targets and blaster shields. The Rapid Madness Blaster offers ultimate firepower on the battlefield, with two ways to blast - single-shot for accuracy or 20 darts in seconds, firing up to 50 feet. It also features push-button removable transforming shields, so you can capture your opponent's darts and use them yourself. BOOMco. blasters feature sleek lines and bold angles, and are air-powered - no batteries are needed. Its 20-dart clip is specially designed not to jam, delivering blasting action in seconds. Ages 6 and older.

Ice Skating Elsa from Frozen - £28.99
Smyths Toys

 Join Elsa from Disney's Frozen for some ice-skating fun around the Frozen kingdom! With just a push, Ice Skating Elsa Doll glides gracefully back and forth, arms and leg moving in elegant ice-skating style! Re-create the movie moment when Elsa skates to celebrate the end of winter, or make up icy cool adventures of your own! Look for Ice Skating Anna to double the fun! (sold separately). 

Xeno Ultra Violet Interactive Soft Toy - £79.99
The Entertainer

Meet Xeno, a loveable, yet cheeky, baby monster who interacts and plays with you. He has over 10 real emotions, including happy, sad, hungry, unwell and playful. His cool LCD graphic eyes display over 40 eye expressions and he has 80 tailor made sounds so you can truly understand him. Xeno is also very ticklish, dances to music and occasionally gets tummy ache and lets out a little burp. For added fun, Xeno will play 5 mini-games with you, including a game called Burp Factor, where you have to copy his eye movements using his special sensors. To play additional games and explore Xeno's world download the free app from Apple's App Store or Google Play

So there you have the top toys for this year.....Are any of these on your children's Christmas list?