Movie of the week - What is it?

Regular readers will know all about my weekly movie posts where I share our current favourite and most watched movies. 

Some of them are very new movies but they are mostly old and random choices! Because of this I get odd messages on social media asking 'why the random movies?' and 'why are these so out of date?'. 

So, I thought I'd do a little post about what caused the start of movie of the week and why it's so random!

Well, its so random, because lets be honest, children are random!

They see a dvd on the shelf and they NEED to watch it. 

They NEED to watch it every day for a week. 

Sometimes they NEED to watch it twice a day. 

Then for no apparent reason they change their minds and they can't possibly watch it ever again. 

They'll watch Easter films at Christmas and Christmas films in the summer.

They'll watch old Disney classics when you want to take them to see the latest Pixar.

Children are random.

(I watch my movies from a box)

Our 3 year old, Joseph, loves a good movie and just like I've mentioned above he picks some classics and some very random ones! 

Apart from this week. 

This week Joseph doesn't want to partake in movie of the week, and that's because he's bloody obsessed with Paw Patrol again.

I guess that's the reason I started the movie of the week posts. To share the randomness of children. 

Apart from this week. 

This week Paw Patrol are on a roll.

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Bauble Christmas Card

With Christmas just around the corner I thought I'd bring you another Christmas card craft. Just like the Fingerprint Christmas Lights Card it is super easy to do and is quite similar in its style and what you need.

You will need

  • A piece of white card - £1 @ Poundland for 30 sheets or 15p for 1 sheet @ Wilko
  • Cards and envelopes - £1 @ Poundland
  • Paints - £2.50 @ Wilko for a set of 4 or 50p for a mixed palette
  • Paint brush - £1 for a pack @ Wilko
  • Paint palette or a paper plate if needed
  • Pot of water for rinsing between colours
  • Black pen or felt-tip
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick - 50p @ Wilko
A selection of craft supplies including card, paint, paint brush and scissors

*If you're little artist is likely to get carried away make sure you protect your table, clothing etc!

Start by squirting some of the paint into the palette or container.

Paint in pots, a piece of card and a paint brush, with a child's hand ready to paint

Then give your little artist the paint brush and let them get creative. 

A child painting

A child painting

A child painting

Encourage them to rinse the brush between colours to avoid the brown mess that appears in a lot of children's paintings!

A child's painting

Leave to dry.

A childs painting

Next, using a black pen draw a wavy horizontal line along one of the cards. Also draw three or four straight vertical lines off it.

A card with a wavy lane across it and straight lines coming off it

Then using the scissors cut out a selection of bauble shapes. If you're not confident cutting freehand draw them out first. 

Childrens painting with scissors

Cut out shapes

Using the glue, stick your shapes to the card at the end of the  vertical lines.

Handmade card with bauble shapes glued to it

That is it you are done!

Hand made card with bauble shapes glued to it

Just like a lot of my other crafts, this card is very easy to do and is an easy way to showcase your little artists creativity and paintings.

Why not give it a try?

Hand made card with bauble shapes glued to it

Happy crafting!

Mummy Snowy Owl

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Book of the week!

We're still going all festive with our books on the run up to Christmas and this week's book is very festive indeed!

This week's book of the week is Jingle Bell Christmas.

As a flap book, Jingle Bell Christmas is a little different and it also features something a little different as it has a pair of bells in its centre. This adds to the festive cheer as you turn the pages.

The book is brightly illustrated and tells the story of Santa returning from his night of delivering presents. 

He returns with three special presents. One for the elves, one for the reindeers and one for Mrs Claus. By lifting the flaps we discover what each gets for a gift.

Inside the Jingle Bell Christmas book with Santa and Mrs Claus

Santa has a little surprise at the end when he too gets a gift!

Jingle Bell Christmas is an ideal book for little ones over the festive season. It is full of cute characters, and with a rhyming narrative is engaging.

Our copy was a gift but you can find it here at Amazon.

Happy reading!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Movie of the week!

This week's movie of the week is another festive one! It features the North Pole and a well known man in red.

I hadn't seen this movie until a couple of years ago when I was pregnant with our now 3 year old. Suffering with nausea, I lay on the sofa feeling very sorry for myself trying to get in the festive mood and I've watched it every Christmas since!

This week's movie of the week is The Santa Clause.

The Santa Clause DVD cover

Staring Tim Allen, The Santa Clause tells the story of Scott Calvin. Having accidentally killed Santa, Scott follows the instructions on the card that he finds with the famous red suit. 

'If something should happen to me, put on my suit. The reindeer will know what to do'. 

A man dressed in a Santa in a sleigh with his son

Initially thinking he only has to finish the gift delivering for one Christmas Eve, he soon finds that's not the case when he reaches the North Pole with his son Charlie. It seems Scott has missed the small print and the 'clause' on the card. He's now the new Santa Claus!

He has less than a year to get his affairs in order before returning to the North Pole, but things don't go smoothly. Scott's ex-wife is not impressed by his behaviour and things become more and more complicated as Scott begins to take on a more Santa like appearance.

A man with a Santa like appearance

Though a little dated now (it was made in 1994) The Santa Clause offers festive family entertainment at its best. With jokes for grown-ups and kids it will keep you laughing alone throughout.

As you can see Joseph is somewhat transfixed by it! 

A little boy transfixed by the tv

The Santa Clause is currently available from Amazon here. Add it to your collection for some festive cheer! 


Mummy Snowy Owl

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Festive Rocky Road

There's lots of Christmas recipes around at the moment and after the success of my Reindeer Cup Cakes I though I'd do another! 

Now, I've seen all the short clips and links for Festive Rocky Road but nearly every single recipe is American and features ingredients that we simply don't have here! So after a bit of research I've created this original recipe! 

It is very easy to do and if done correctly is something of a showstopper! 

A plate of white chocolate rocky road with two small bottles of milk

You will need

  • 125g best for baking spread - 55p @ Tesco
  • 1 tablespoon of honey - 89p @ Aldi
  • 400g white chocolate - 45p per 100g bar @ Tesco
  • 100g marshmallows - £1 @ Poundland
  • 20 mini or 10 large candy canes - £1 @ Poundland
  • 6 Haribo strawberry pencils - £1 @ Poundland
  • 100g digestive biscuts - 31p @ Tesco
  • Festive sprinkles - £1 @ Asda
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Saucepan 
A picture showing the listed ingredients

Start by breaking up the digestives and candy cakes. I put mine into a sandwich bag and hit them with the rolling pin.  Cut the strawberry pencils into pieces 1 - 2 cm long. Set aside for later.

Ingredients chopped and smashed

Over a low heat melt the spread, honey and chocolate in the saucepan, mixing together as you go. 

A pan with melting ingredients

Once its melted the mixture should be thick and almost gloopy. 

Melted ingredients

Pour into the mixing bowl and quickly add the digestives and marshmallows. If the marshmallows are large ones break them up into smaller pieces. 

Ingredients in a mixing bowl

Stir well and add the candy canes and strawberry pencils.

Ingredients in a mixing bowl

Ingredients in a mixing bowl

The mixture will start to get stiff as it cools so mix as quick as you can and then pour into your baking tray.

Mixture in a baking tray

Mixture in a baking tray

Sprinkle over your festive sprinkles and place in your fridge to set. Leave for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.

Mixture in a baking tray topped with rudolph sprinkles

When your ready to sample your Festive Rocky Road turn it out of the tin, face down and peel off the greaseproof paper.

Rocky road turned upside down with a greaseproof paper covering

Rocky Road turned upside down

Using a sharp knife cut into pieces. Your Festive Rocky Road is ready for sampling! Store in the fridge whilst in-between bites!

Festive Rocky Road on a Santa plate with mini milk bottles on the side


Mummy Snowy Owl
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Book of the week!

This week's book of the week is one many of you will know. Although prior to having our little boy I hadn't come across it and I certainly didn't know until I read it that it had a festive feel to it!

This week's book of the week is Stick Man.

Front cover of the Stick Man book

A hugely successful book from the duo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, it tells the story of the Stick Man, his Stick Lady Love and his three stick children. 

Illustrations from the Stick Man book

In the usual Donaldson and Scheffler rhythmic tone with an array of wonderful illustrations, Stick Man is easily engaging when read by or to children. 

One day Stick Man ventures out for a jog and is snatched away by a dog! This leads him to go on huge journey to try and get back to his family and we see him used as a mast, a Pooh stick, a pen, a boomerang and much more.

Illustrations from the Stick Man book

His fate doesn't look good when he is left in the snow and ends up in a fire place, but wait there's help on its way in the shape of a very, very well known figure who's stuck up the chimney! 

Who can it be? And can they help Stick Man get home to his family? 

Stick Man is available from most books shops and is available here from Amazon.

Our copy is a board book making it much more hard wearing for little readers (and page rippers!).  

Definitely consider adding it to your collection, especially if you'd like festive books for the Christmas season!

Happy reading!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Movie of the week!

So, I'll admit it. We've been watching this week's festive movie of the week since the beginning of November!

It's one of my favourites and is the first film I watch when trying to get into the Christmas spirit.

This week's movie of the week is Elf!!

I expect most of you will have seen this film and it's probably a favourite with a lot of you! Just in case you haven't seen it though and as with my other movie of the week posts, I'll give you a little synopsis.

After living at the North Pole as an elf for what he believes is his entire life, Buddy discovers he is actually just a regular human, having arrived there after crawling into Santa's toy sack as a baby. This comes as a huge shock to Buddy, even though he is much taller than the other elves and not very good at making toys it has never dawned on him that he could be different.

He soon sets off to New York to find his father but on meeting him his father shuts him out and doesn't want to get to know him. 

Will Buddy's persistence pays off? Will he be able to get his father to believe in Christmas and festive cheer?

Give it a watch and find out!

Elf is one of our favourite Christmas movies and with Will Ferrell at Buddy you are guaranteed laughs from start to finish.

Elf is currently available at Amazon here.

Happy watching

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Fingerprint Christmas Lights Card

There's no hiding from it! Christmas is on its way!!!

Have you thought about making Christmas cards? Maybe you're on a budget, you're short of time or just not that crafty!! Well, this craft is definitely for you!!!!

To make our Fingerprint Christmas Lights Card you will need

  • Cards and envelopes - £1 @ Poundland
  • Black pen or felt tip
  • Paints - Mine were from B&M a while ago but you can get a similar set for £2.50 @ Wilko
  • Paper plate or paint palette 
  • Wet wipes or a damp cloth to wipe paint covered fingers
Craft supplies, paper plate, paints, cards and a black pen

*If your little artist is a messy painter make sure to protect your surfaces and them!

Start by drawing a curved line over the cards. Along the line draw small squares or triangles. Ensure there is some space between each.

Folded cream card with a black curved line drawn on it

Next, squeeze a small amount of paint onto the plate or palette. 

A paper plate with small dots of paint on it and a childs hand dipping its finger in it

Dip your little ones finger into the paint and place onto the card where you've drawn the squares or triangles.

A folder card with a black curved line and finger paintings

Alternate colours as you go, ensuring to wipe your little artists finger in-between colours.

A folder card with a black curved line and finger paintings

Leave to dry. 

A finger painted christmas card among ribbon, christmas lights etc

That's it you're done. How easy was that!

Happy crafting!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Book of the week!

The festive feeling continues this week with another Christmas related book!

Santa is one of the familiar Christmas figures so he is obviously going to feature in a lot of festive books, and this week's book of the week is no exception, as he's the star of it!

This week's book of the week is That'ts Not My Santa!

A children's book cover showing Santa Claus

Part of the popular 'that's not my' range, That's Not My Santa, is a touchy-feely book. 

A children's book with fabric insert on the cover

On each page there is a Santa and a reason that he's not the right Santa. It simply but brightly illustrated, with something to touch and feel on every page. There's also the cute addition of the little mouse to spot through the book!

A children's book with fabric insert on the page, with a childs hand playing with it

Although I feel our 3 year old, Joseph, is getting a little bit old for the not my books, he absolutely loves them and we enjoy reading them and looking for the little mouse!

A children's book with fabric insert on the page and a child playing with it

I bought our copy last year and its a little hard to come by this Christmas, but I've found it here from The Book Depository!

Ohh there's our Santa!

A children's book with fabric insert on the page and a child playing with it

Happy reading!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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