Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Dobble Kids - Review!

We were recently sent a great little game called Dobble Kids to review....

Dobble Kids consists of 30 cards, featuring 30 different animal symbols....Each card consists of 6 animals but only one will match with any other card.....It's up to you to find it!!

The match can be difficult to spot as the size and positioning of the symbols can vary on each card. As the game is based on reactions and visual perception, rather than knowledge or strategy, there is no advantage for adults over children, making it the perfect family game.


I gave the girls this to play on Sunday afternoon when they were hit with a bout of boredom....It didn't disappoint.....It is such a simple concept and easy game to learn how to play..... 

There are five different mini games that you can play which is good and all based on the same principal so are very easy to learn.....My girls had a whale of a time and played all of the mini games....It kept them amused for a long time!!

 
I still can't work out how there can only be one match for each and every pair of cards but who cares.....Once you start playing you get so involved in spotting your own match your only concern is winning.....

I was a bit sceptical that a small game could be that much fun but it really is....The handy storage tin means that the round cards are kept in good condition and can be taken anywhere.....Ideal for traveling.....

You can buy Dobble Kids from Amazon for £12.99.....It might seem a bit expensive for what it is but I would say it is worth the price for the hours of entertainment it brings....

If you have chance pop on over and give them a like on their Facebook page It would be much appreciated....

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I was sent Dobble Kids free of charge to try...This is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own...

Monday, 1 September 2014

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

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Eek! It's the 1st of September.....Where is this year going?!
The kids are back to school on Wednesday and we're ready for it.....Not so sure about getting up at 7am again though....It's been nice over the summer not having to set the alarm....

Last weeks meal plan went great....I liked the fact I didn't have to cook much....This week it's all about getting back into a routine....

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Hot chicken & stuffing sandwiches....
Tuesday - Beans on toast....
Friday - Fish fingers, chips and spaghetti hoops....
Saturday - Chicken stir fry....
Sunday - Toad in the hole, mash & veg....

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

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Alnwick Garden....

***This blog post is quite bit picture heavy......I'm not apologizing....I took over 300 photos so have done well to whittle them down to about 50.....hehehe***

We visited The Alnwick Garden on Wednesday and had a fantastic day.....I traded my Nectar points in and for £10 worth of them I got a family ticket which would of cost £33....

The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most ambitious gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun. 

The Garden is a space designed to be enjoyed by all your senses, with a collection of over 4,000 plant varieties to discover, thousands of seasonal blooms and countless opportunities to get wet and play in The Garden’s water sculptures.

What to see.


  • Ornamental Garden - Home to one of the country's largest collections of European plants in striking geometric beds.
  • Grand Cascade - Marvel at the scale of the Grand Cascade, and take in the spectacular half-hourly displays.
  • Serpent Garden - Wind your way through the Serpent Garden's sinuous topiary to find the water features hidden in its coils.
  • Rose Garden - Discover the riotous colours and delicate scents of the Rose Garden, with over 3000 David Austin Roses.
  • Poison Garden - Explore what lies beyond the locked gates of the Poison Garden.
  • Roots and Shoots Garden - Get your hands dirty, learn about the growing techniques in use and take a peek at our beehives.
  • Cherry Orchard - Over 300 Tai Haku cherry trees underplanted with 50,000 Purple Sensation Alliums.
  • Woodland Walk - Take a walk through the beautiful Woodland Walk, and see if you can spot any of the resident red squirrels.
  • Pavilion - The Pavilion gives a beautiful panorama of The Garden and is home to the Pavilion CafĂ©.
When we got there the queue to get in was long.....Luckily for us a guy came round asking if we had e-vouchers or paid passes we can skip the queue and just get them checked and go straight in....Hooray! 


We decided to sit down and eat our food first.....What an experience.....The girls were running back wards and forwards to the amazing water fountains and the ducks decided to join us.....lol They were brave.....Snapping up Ellie's sandwich out of her hand.....Becky's crisps and pecking at all the cake packets.....I couldn't move for laughing.....

After we'd eaten we went exploring.....There is so much to see.....I'm not into plants and flowers at all but I found it interesting and a lot of fun! All the way around the gardens there are pools and cascades of water.....The girls were in them any chance they got.....


 

 We must have walked for miles....Not once did the girls complain. There were plenty of seats to have a rest and unusual things to see....


 After a couple of hours we decided we needed a toilet break....It took a while to find them as they are not signposted....We found some in the cafe eventually. I wasn't to impressed with them....I know it was busy but the sanitry bins were over flowing and there was toilet rolls scattered about the floor....I thought at a place like this the toilets would be better maintained....


After walking through the Cafe I smelt the coffee and needed one. We took a pit stop...2 lattes, 2 doughnuts and 2 slices of cake was £22.80!! What!! I was quite shocked at the price....I'm so glad we had taken our own food to fill up on....Goodness knows what four meals would cost....There was plenty of seating around the cafe...More than was needed which was a good thing.

As we were walking around the gardens we had noticed a section of water fountains and pools which children could play in....Ellie was so keen to get in these....Ellie has a thing about water and absolutely loves it. She was in her element....Becky not so much she loves the water but thought it was too cold....I had packed a change of clothes and a towel but didn't think about taking swimming costumes....Jeans and t-shirts were the girls splashing attire....hehehe



They had a fantastic time.....They got changed into their dry clothes behind a bush...I think that is what Alnwick Garden is missing....Somewhere to get dry and changed espcially for older kids who are shy of flashing their bum to the world....lol.

A few things I noticed....

There are no litter bins....If there are they are well hidden....Considering there are a lot a people visiting bringing picnics they would come in very handy....but on the other hand I never saw any litter laying about either....

There are a lot of wasps and bees but they are not like normal one's....You just brush them away and they take the hint....
You are allowed to feed the ducks but they are like locusts....Feed one and they all come running!
A change of clothes is vital if you have kids who like water...
The cafe is expensive but the little Ice-cream stall outside is not....
We found the toilets outside the actual entrance....They could do with being signposted more....
There are plenty of staff walking about which I found reassuring....

Ticket Prices.

Garden adult online £13.06 - At the gate £13.75

Garden concession online £11.30 - At the gate £11.90
Garden child (5-16 years) online £4.18 - At the gate £4.40
Garden child (0-4 years) At the gate £0.00
Garden family online £31.35 - At the gate £33.00 

We had an amazing day out and will visit again...It is a fantastic family day out....Even if you are not a garden/flower lover there is a lot more too it than that.....

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I was not prompted to write this.....I just wanted to share our amazing day!!


Friday, 29 August 2014

We've been out!

This week we have been busy.....It's all been about getting


We've had a brilliant week.....Stu has been off work and we've had some proper family time and got out and about every day.....

Monday we went to Newcastle shopping.....It was so busy considering it was Bank holiday Monday....

We got the girls school coats but going by the weather this week I don't think they'll be wearing them straight away....It's been lovely up here in Northumberland....So much for all the rain that was forecast.....We had a lovely time looking around the shops and Becky picked out more clothes for her birthday next month.

Tuesday we had a walk around the market and got the kids an Argos catalogue each.....They wanted one to make a proper start on their Christmas lists....

Wednesday was the best day of the week for us we went to The Alnwick Garden....I have a post tomorrow about it linking up with Country Kids all about it but here is a small taster....

 
There is just too much I wanted to write about to fit it in this post.....We had an amazing day!!

Thursday Becky and I nipped to Asda for just a birthday cake and an hour & half later and £77 poorer we got home....lol It's horrible to say but it was lovely Ellie not being there asking for everything and getting in a mood when I say no.....

Oh yes and this happened! The kids were playing with water pistols outside and were begging me to go out there too....It doesn't take a genius to work out what they had planned..... They went quiet and quiet kids worry me....It means they're up to something.....They were! They had made up their own game based on the Ice Bucket Challenge...Of course I took a photo before I told Ellie to stop....lol


Today we're off out too.....We're going for a meal to our local Brewers Fayre.....It's Ellie's 7th birthday and she loves the place....It really is her favourite place to go.....Food, as much fizzy pop as she can drink and an indoor and outdoor play area.....What could be better....hehehe

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

TOTAL Greek Yoghurt and Fruyo Fun! #YogArtist

Recently the lovely people from FAGE UK sent my family and I a fantastic box of goodies and some vouchers to buy some tasty Greek Yoghurt......

Total Greek Yoghurt is a luxuriously thick & creamy authentic Greek yoghurt with no added sugars, no additives and is vegetarian Society approved

Fruyo fat free Greek yoghurt is so tasty...It has a lot of real fruit pieces in....I was actually shocked how much was in....It is Gluten free, has no artificial preservatives or colourings, is vegetarian Society approved and the number one yoghurt in Greece


 They wanted us to show off our creative flair using our TOTAL Greek Yoghurt and fruity Fruyo....The girls and I have been having a lot of fun in the kitchen.....


 I had something in mind straight away.....A while ago the girls had a thing for Oreo cookies but recently they've gone off them.....I had a biscuit tin nearly full of them!

I was going to make something like a cheesecake but without the cheese using the TOTAL Greek Yoghurt instead....

What you need....


The base...
24 Oreo Cookies
1/4 a cup of butter melted

The Filling...
A tub of TOTAL Greek Yoghurt
3/4 a cup of smooth peanut butter

Instructions...
  • Place the Oreos in a food processor until the Oreos resemble fine crumbs. 
  • Add the melted butter and process until fully mixed...
  • Press the Oreo mixture into a baking tin and place in the freezer.
  • In a bowl mix together the yoghurt and peanut butter until fully combined.
  • Remove pie crust from the freezer and pour the yoghurt mixture in. 
  • Freeze for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Remember to take photos before you cut it.....hehehe


The girls have been having fun too....They decided to freeze some of the Fruyo & had them with some jelly and the rest of the yoghurt that was left.....They had fun decorating it too....Coconut, raisins, dried apricot and who chocolate sprinkles....Yum!!


I also made good use of the jars.....I made them a special treat for after tea.....Jelly in the base....Strawberry Fruyo then fresh strawberries.....They want them again....

I still have one tub of Total Greek Yoghurt left....I've been looking at the recipes on the Fage website and so far can't decide what to make....Whatever it is it's bound to be tasty!!

I was sent some vouchers to get some yoghurt and a goodie box in exchange to write a blog post about what we've created.....

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

My Girls Love.....

I saw this over on the Real Housewife of Suffolk County ages and ages ago and thought it was a cute idea!!

The idea is simple,....Take a recent photo of your child and add text to it listing things they love....Simples!!