Movie of the week!


This week's movie of the week, unlike most of our previous ones, is a current, still at the cinema movie! It also involved Joseph's first trip to the cinema!

This week's movie of the week is Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience! 



To be honest I'm not sure where I got the bright idea from! Seriously what possessed me to take a 2 year old to the cinema??!!! Well, it was the Easter break and at least a day had been written off due to me being in agony with my neck and legs, so I really wanted to do something to make it up to Joseph. Daddy really wanted to give him a trial run at the cinema ahead of the Cars 3 release and, well, Joseph had seen the advert and there had been lots of "me, me, me see Peppa on the big telly". Instagram and Facebook told me that some of our friends had taken their toddlers, so surely we needed to do the same??

A quick car journey and £28 later (??!!) we'd picked our seats and were in the cinema. 



The seats Daddy had picked were on the front bloody row. We explained to Joseph there would be other people there and he had a fussy of moving his chair, looking round, rustling his sweets etc and then the first trailer came on. After which he promptly asked to go home. 



Daddy did his best to explain the set up to him again and he watched another trailer and asked again to go home. We told him we'd go home after Peppa had been on and have diddy (dinner). The thought of more food settled him for about half and hour. Then there was bit of wandering around, which luckily didn't matter as we were at the front. Apparently that was why Daddy picked those seats. Ok Daddy, whatever. There were a couple of rounds of musical chairs, without the music but with Mummy saying "sit down" to make him stop. Then there was peaking through the chairs at other people like something from a horror movie. 

Did any of this matter? No, because most of the parents were in the same boat and it wasn't Grandpa Pig's. There were kids laughing, babies crying and lots of loo trips, but that's what makes Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience the ideal opportunity to give the cinema a try. It's a bit more relaxed. There's no shushing, just plenty of giggles, singing along, dancing and no "I'm bored" from the kids. 



With the hour long film broken up into segments the little ones don't have much chance to be bored. A very happy, if not a little annoying, TV style presenter, keeps things moving along, with a puppet Peppa and George to keep her company.  During the animated periods we see Peppa visit London and meet the Queen, and we see the whole pig family journey to Australia.

My fave Mrs Rabbit also make an appearance as the driver of the school bus. Bless that rabbit she has so many bloody jobs but she does know the Queen!

Overall, as much as Peppa Pig drives me slightly round the twist this film experience really does open up the chance to take your kids to the cinema in a relaxed environment and test the water for future visits.

If you fancy giving it a try check your local listings.

Enjoy!

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Charity Spotlight - Alder Hey Children's Hospital



I first came across Alder Hey Children's Hospital as a teenager. The hospital was one of three that featured in a BBC documentary series. Even way back then I remember being wowed by the amazing work they did.

That amazing work continues in 2017 as Alder Hey Children's Hospital grows with their Institute in the Park. 


Back in March 2016 Alder Hey and the University of Liverpool opened the first phase of a state-of-the-art research and innovation centre. As a neighbour to the main hospital, the Institute in the Park brings Alder Hey, Liverpool and the UK to the forefront in the development of care and medicines for children and young people, not only here but around the world.

The Institute currently employs around 100 clinical, research and education staff and is fast becoming a world-leading centre for research. Working in partnership with patients and their families they create life-changing and life-saving results. 

To continue this remarkable work Alder Hey Children's Hospital is currently seeking to raise essential funds for expansion of the Institute in the Park. Funds raised will allow the hospital to expand not just the space available to them but also the opportunity to develop and improve treatments and continue with world class research. 

Development and expansion of Alder Hey's Institute in the park will create a hospital like no other in the world. With dedication to research, education and innovation  Alder Hey's team of clinicians and researchers will continue to work with colleagues and partners within the world of academia, technology and pharmaceuticals to develop safer and improved medicines and therapies for our children.

Why is this important to me I hear you ask? Well, it's pretty simple really! I'm a mother. I have a child. Should he ever need care for any reason I'd like it be the best care and treatment available to him and Alder Hey could create this with their ongoing work and studies.

Now think about this. How often do you see a family striving to raise money for the treatment of a sick child? Whether it be the speed of online news or the sharing of pages on social media, there seems to be more and more poorly children. The work of Alder Hey may change that. 

The more we know, the healthier they grow.

If you'd like to support Alder Hey's Children's Charity Appeal you can donate here

Thank you

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Where did my mojo go go?


It's been over two weeks since my last blog. The reason being that I seem to have run out of ideas. Don't get me wrong, I have always been indecisive but lately its gone to a whole new level. What to craft, what to write about and even what to have for tea and which loo roll to buy have been a struggle.

Unable to decide on what to write and with no creative juices following I've struggled to blog. Part of me has wanted to stop altogether. So, when the time came for me to submit my monthly post to meetothermums.com I faulted. No idea what to write and basically no ideas. I emailed the lovely Sally over at MeetOtherMums and explained how I felt, apologising for the lack of post this month.

Then something became clear. I wasn't the only one. In fact there are quite a few of us in the MeetOtherMums blog squad and the blogging community that feel the same. This caused Sally to write an encouraging post titled Who Stole the Blogging Mojo?

All that Sally wrote rang true. The pressure of creating the 'perfect blog' had become overwhelming and I'd become disillusioned about the reasons I was doing it.



I'll be honest though, like many bloggers, I'd like it to be a career and make me a few quid in the process but that wasn't the real reason I'd started blogging.

When I first started back in 2012 I wrote about our fertility issues and our longing for a child. I wanted to speak freely about our problems and break the silence surrounding those struggling to conceive. This developed into a blog about pregnancy and parenting. My content grew again with our involvement in the IKEA and the LiveLagom living sustainably project.

A mix of things turned me towards the craft niche but the encouragement of others, reading Natasha Courtney Smith's book, and a realisation of what I'm actual good at all played their part. What is the one thing I get asked the most about? The one thing that causes me to get frantic texts of family, friends and work colleagues?

Well, it's when they need my Snowy services. A school project, a nativity costume, a crafty piece of homework or a creative gift idea, nieces and nephews to entertain, I've had them all. 

With the pressure of stats and followers I've seemingly lost sight of what I blog about and why. The ideas have been lost in likes and page views. 

I need to put that to one side and concentrate on what I want to blog about and why.

Ooooo I might have an idea.



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Easter Wreath


Have your children started their Easter break? Want a craft to fill the time? Do you want to decorate for Easter? Well, if you liked the Easter Bunting you'll love this too! 


To make the wreath you will need

  • A paper plate or a thick piece of card/cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pack of coloured card or paper (£1.00 a pack @ Poundland)
  • Glue (50p @ Wilko)
  • String or ribbon (50p @ Wilko)
  • Tape

To start if you are using a paper plate cut out the centre. If you are using a piece of card or cardboard you'll need to draw one large circle and a smaller one within it, so it resembles the plate picture.



Next you'll need to draw out your eggs. You can go for all the same size or various sizes. You may want to make a template if you're not confident or don't have the time to draw them freehand.




Cut out the eggs and then using the glue, stick the eggs to the plate, overlapping them slightly as you go. 



I started with the larger ones and used the small ones for the last few layers.





When all your eggs are used up turn the wreath over. Cut a piece of your string or ribbon and tie the ends together to make a loop. Tape it on to the back of the wreath.

Hang in pride of place and that's it you're done! 



Super easy and cheap too, why not give this and the Easter Bunting a try?



Enjoy!

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What to do when there's nothing to do.

This post first appeared on meetothermums.com

We've all been there. It's raining. Pay day is further away than you'd like. You're stuck inside with the kid(s) and there's no escape. Need to hurry the time along? Try one of my something to do when there's nothing to do ideas!


Make a den – Sheets, sofas and cushions can create all manner of adventures and hideouts!

Bake and cook – Check what you have in the fridge and cupboards. You might have enough to whip up a batch of fairy cakes or jam tarts



Have an indoor picnic – Lay down a blanket and pretend the rain has gone by having a picnic indoors.

Boogie on down - Pop on the radio or a kid friendly music channel and get your grove on!


Dress up - Got a stack of fancy dress clothes? Get them out and get creative.


Get musical - Got pasta and rice? Plastic containers or bottles? Combine the two and make some cool sounds together!

Hopefully these ideas will help you on rainy days, the "I'm bored days" and what do do when there's nothing to do!

Enjoy

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Movie of the week!


The greatest stories are told, retold and told again. Albeit a children's film this week's movie of the week is based upon a Shakespearean tale of two star-crossed lovers.

This week's movie of the week is Gnomeo and Juliet!


As the story opens we see two elderly yet fiery neighbours, Mrs Montague and Mr Capulet, that clearly dislike each other. This dislike filters down to their warring gnomes that come alive in the absence of their owners, with the Mrs Montague's gnomes wearing blue hats and Mr Capulet's red.

The two sides compete against each other in a lawnmower race and following Tybalt's cheating the red hats win. Unable to forget about the cheating, Gnomeo and his friend Benny head into the reds garden to extract their revenge but when Benny trips a security light they have to make a sharp exit.

This leads Gnomeo to meet Juliet. A hilarious take on the classic love story unfolds and with music by Elton John and the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Cain and Maggie Smith to name just a few, you are kept thoroughly entertained.

But will the story have a tragic ending like the original or will it have a happily ever after? 

Well, have a watch and find out! Gnomeo and Juliet is back on Netflix and you can also buy a copy from Amazon for the bargain price of £2.62!

Enjoy!

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Book of the week!


This week's book of the week is a former bedtime favourite, that's become a regular read again.

This week's book of the week is Penguin



The story opens with a little boy called Ben receiving a penguin as a gift.



Ben tries and tries to get Penguin to talk to him but he flat refuses.



This leads him to try all manner of things to prompt Penguin into talking. He dances and sings a silly song. 



He puts on a hat and pulls his funniest faces. He even fires him into space on a rocket. 



Then when a lion comes along Ben tries to feed Penguin to it!!




Will anything prompt Penguin to talk? Is he just quietly taking everything?

Penguin by Polly Dunbar is an engaging and entertaining children's book, and a great read for toddlers and preschoolers. 

Our copy was a hand me down from Joseph's cousins but you can currently by Penguin from Amazon for £6.99. If you have a Kindle its even cheaper at £3.98. 



Enjoy!

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Easter Bunting


Have your children started their Easter break? Want a craft to fill the time? Got toddlers who love to paint? Do you want to decorate for Easter? Well this Easter bunting craft is for you!

To make this bunting you will need.

  • Paints (I used ready mixed paint that I had but a paint palette would do - £1.00 @ Wilko)
  • Pots or a palette if you're using ready mixed paints
  • Paint brush
  • Water pot or jar for brush rinsing
  • Card (£1.00 @ Poundland)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or string (50p @ Wilko)
  • Tape
What you need

This is a messy craft so remember to protect any surfaces, the kids and possibly yourself, from paint!

To start layout your card. If you're unsure of how many sheets to use consider the length of bunting you need and how many eggs it will take to fill it. I used four sheets and got six eggs out of each.

Now, if you are using ready mix paint squirt a little into your pots or palettes. 

Making the bunting

Give your little one the paint brush and let them get creative. 

Making the bunting

Try and get them to rinse between colours to avoid that lovely greeny-brown that somehow gets created! 

Making the bunting

Leave to dry. 

Making the bunting

Next turn the card over so the dried painted side is facing down and using the pencil draw eggs on the reverse. As my freehand isn't too good I made a template with the card so I could be sure they were the same size and alike!

Making the bunting

Making the bunting

Making the bunting

Cut out the eggs with the scissors. 

Making the bunting

Making the bunting

Cut a length of ribbon or string, ensuring its the right length for where you want to hang your bunting. Then using the tape secure your eggs on to it, leaving a gap in-between.

Making the bunting

Hang in your chosen place and that's it you're done!

Finished bunting  Finished bunting

Finished bunting

Finished Bunting

Look out for more Easter crafts coming over the next few days!

Finished bunting

Enjoy!

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