Sunday, 25 February 2018

Thorntons Continental Statement Easter Egg Giveaway!

Tis the season of Chocolate.....It doesn't seem that long since Christmas when there was chocolate galore, then we had Valentine's day, Mother's day is coming up and then of course Easter! Yay!

I have decided to run my own giveaway....The prize is being paid for from my own pocket. A little thank you to the people who come and read my ramblings....

Lift the lid off the beautiful box to unveil a large milk chocolate egg drizzled with elegant dark and white chocolate swirls. Also included is a box of 10 of our newly Remastered Continental chocolates, with refined recipes making them more exquisite than ever before.....

One winner will win the Thorntons Continental Statement Easter Egg....If by chance it is not in stock when the giveaway ends (It really should be) I will choose a product equal or above the £15.00 that the egg is worth....Don't worry you will get at leas £15 worth of chocolate!! 

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Rules...We have to have them!

The Giveaway ends at 12am on the 18th of March.... 
One winner will win a Thorntons Continental Statement Easter Egg....
Entrants must log in via Rafflecopter and answer the question in the widget. This is the only mandatory task...You can gain extra entries by following on social media, tweeting, etc....
One winner will be picked at random via Rafflecopter.... 
This giveaway is open to all UK residents who must be over 18 years of age.... 
I will contact the winner within 24 hours of the competition ending via email or social media....The winner must respond within 28 days of the notification e-mail or a new winner will be redrawn.

Having fun but still learning. #MySundayPhoto

Ellie's homework this weekend is to relax. She has her mock SATs next week. I wasn't going to let her just vegetate so it was an ideal time to review a new card game we had been sent to try....Having fun but still learning.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Fletter the word game that makes you think fast but act faster!

Fletter is the fast paced word game for all the family and is sure to test even the quickest thinkers!  

You have to shout out words at rapid-fire speed from the letters placed before you before the other players can. Use your brain to string the letters into words and use your voice to claim them! The words claimed by you will then translate into the number of points you’ve made.

This seemed like a great game to get my girls thinking....Ellie my youngest has her SATs this year and mock SATs next week. She didn't have any homework this weekend in preparation for the mock SATs. I still wanted her brain working but wanted her to have fun too. This game sounded perfect!

Players put cards into the middle and the game starts as soon as there is enough to make a word....Fletter is played in 4 rounds....3 letter words, 4 letter words, 5 letter words and 6 letter words....Each round ends when all the players have run out of cards....

We decided to play with just 3 and 4 letter rounds....Ellie is clever but 5 and 6 letter words were a struggle for her but easy for her 15 year old sister. I wanted to make it a little fairer to them both....

At the end of each round you add up the points on each card to find the total score.....

The girls had great fun playing this and as I am writing this they are still playing....This really is a great game to get children using their brain but can be played by adults too. I imagine it getting so competitive. 

This is pocket sized and can be played on the go with a minimum of 2 players....Ideally it is for ages 8 plus but you could just play with 3 letter words for younger children....

Fletter costs £7.99 and you can buy it from their shop.

Pitting player against player on the basis of letters and language, Fletter is the ideal game for anyone who loves words, or a riveting dose of friendly competition. And there you have it. Fletter is really that simple. Play it to find out!

We were sent this game free of charge to play and review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Week 8 - A photo everyday for a year. #Project365

This week the kids returned to school after half term and my fella back to work after his holidays....None of them were happy to get back to work. I seem to have had a busy week. I got plenty of reviews up. The Fearne by Swan Stand Mixer, Mothers Day craft ideas from Hobbycraft, Vitamin D supplements, Great gifts from Gift Pup and The Children's Meditations in My Heart book....Way more than my usual one a week. 

Now for a photo every day....

48/365 - 17th February
Patiently waiting for her McDonalds....We had a lovely day out at Newcastle shopping....

49/365 - 18th February
Becky's new posters were put up. I love the Stranger Things one.

50/365 - 19th February
On Sunday evening my teen Becky told me her school shoes had holes in....They were on the top and noticeable. She had all half term to tell me but didn't. She had to go to school with holy shoes until we went out and bought her some new one's....She wanted expensive one's but she will have to make do with £9.99 one's from ShoeZone. 

51/365 - 20th February
Our internet problems were fixed on Tuesday. We were sick of it disconnecting so rang Sky. They sent an engineer out and he put a new box on the wall and our problems were solved just like that....

52/365 - 21st February
We changed the house around. The downstairs. We moved the living room to the front of the house and the dining room to the back....It was such a big job but we had a good clear out while we were on. 4 bags of rubbish and 4 for the charity shop.

53/365 - 22nd February
I took the photos for a book we reviewed.

54/365 - 23rd February
Ellie has her mock SATs next week and the teacher told the class they were not getting homework but then gave them homework. The nicest kind of homework. She just has to relax.

Friday, 23 February 2018

The Children's Meditations in My Heart - Book review!

Ellie my youngest hasn't been the best at going to sleep....She always thinks there is something more important to do than sleep. I saw a lovely book late last year on a few blogs called The Children's Meditations in My Heart and it sounded lovely. I was lucky enough to receive a copy to review and we have been trying it out over the last week.....

From ‘Hygge’ to parenting, the Danish way of doing things is often widely talked about and it would appear that bedtime is no different.

The Children’s Meditations in My Heart by Gitte Winter Graugaard is a collection of four meditations for parents to read to their children. Graugaard’s book shows parents how to teach their child the importance of self-esteem and self-love, enabling them to drift off into calming, reparative sleep, their hearts full with love.

The meditations are;
I fill my heart with love.
From my heart, I send love.
My cloud is full of love.
With the universe, I share my love.

I was open to giving this a try with my girl....My fella thought it was a bit airy fairy and new age but when the book arrived I let Ellie have a look through and saw her smiling when reading it....I could tell by her face that she was interested. 

I have never done any meditation before but there is a guide at the beginning of the book with some tips and instructions which were really helpful....

It is just lovely.....Heartwarming and even reading them to Ellie relaxes me.

I have been reading it to Ellie most nights this week and it is helping her relax at night time. The book is easy to read and is so different to what we usually read on a night but it seems to be working....She is a lot calmer and is more willing to go to sleep....

Ellie is not good at talking about her emotions....We think she has some sort of Autism. She has a support worker who comes into school to talk to her once a week which is a great help but when reading this book she has been opening up and telling me more about how she feels about school and life in general....It has been a fantastic breakthrough for us.

This book might not help all children....My teen thinks it's ridiculous but now my fella is coming around to the idea of it....Ellie loves it and has asked a couple of times to read "the love book" herself....She will sit on the sofa with a big smile on her face.

This book is available from Amazon. £3.03 for the Kindle version, £12.95 for the hardcover and £11.36 for the paperback....

We were sent this book free of charge in exchange for our review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.