Movie of the week!


This week's movie of the week is part of an animated trilogy! It's Madagascar 3!!



The film opens with the lovable characters Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman still in Africa, with the chimpanzees and penguins living it up in the casino's of Monte Carlo. Impatient of waiting for them to return, Alex decides to return to go them, causing mayhem and bring them to the attention of animal control officer Chantel DuBois.

Their adventure continues around Europe as they hideout in a travelling circus, making friends and introducing us to new characters as they go. DuBois continues in her pursuit with of them, desperate to catch them but as things come to ahead in New York a daring rescue mission takes place.

With voices from Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer, Madagascar 3 is hilarious throughout. Our favourite parts are definitely Marty in his afro! 

If you'd like to give it a watch you can currently catch it on Netflix. Alternatively you buy a copy for the super cheap prize of £2.99 from Amazon

Enjoy!

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Book of the week!


This week's book of the week is a little different! It's not an actual book of sorts as its an app which brings lots of books to you in one go!



Featuring books by Harper Collins, Disney and many more well known names, Ebookadabra brings hundreds of books to your finger tips!



Aimed at children from 3 to 7 years of age it allows you to track your child's progress as they read. Encouragement and rewards are given by unlocking more features and earning stickers as they go. Different areas such as Princess, Films and TV, and adventures keep them engaged and entertained. 






Joseph loved the interactive Noisy Vehicle book but I think the Disney books have been our favourites, as it allowed him to get use to the app with a few familiar faces! 

With lots to choose from Ebookadabra is ideal for travel and when you need to keep children amused. Personally we've had lots of appointments recently and Ebookadabra has been a must have! It's for those moments when you need something to catch their attention but don't want the sounds of Netflix and Peppa or Paw Patrol blaring out.



Ebookadabra is also great for those that work away or have periods of time where they miss bedtimes, as parents can record themselves reading books for the children to listen back to. It also allows them to talk back to their parents about their reading progress. How cool is that! 

At £5.99 a month with a thirty day free trial it's cheaper than buying a book every month. 

Download the app and give it a try for yourself.



Enjoy!

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Sharpie Mugs!


Sharpie mugs are one of those things you see a lot of on Pinterest when looking for homemade gift ideas but I've always been a bit dubious of how they'd turn out. On trying them I've found they are actually super easy to do and really effective! 

Fancy giving them a try for yourself? Well, here's how!

You will need

- Paper template if you don't want to do your design completely freehand 
- Blu-tack or tape
- Plain mug (75p @ Wilko)
- Sharpie (£1.59 @ Rymans)
- Hot oven



Start by making your lettering either by hand or by computer. You can obviously do whatever wording you want and for any occasion but I just went with the standard Mum for a Mother's Day theme. When you've cut out your letters space them out on your mug, securing them with blu-tack or sello tape. 



Decorate with the Sharpie, ensuring you get close to the letters so they are clear when you remove them. 




I went with dots but Joseph, with Daddy's supervision, went for freehand squiggles. 

  



Although we did mark around the letters on his just in case they weren't clear when the template had been removed.

I then baked them on my hottest oven setting for 30 minutes, switching off the oven and leaving to cool until the morning.

The result was these! 





They aren't about to win awards but personally I think they're a cute and unique little gift to make with the kids!


Why not give them a try for yourself?

   

Enjoy!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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A Healthy Mummy Update!


Some of you may have read my post from last week about my ongoing ill health, living in chronic pain and how it was ruining my life as well as my husband's and toddler's. I made a pledge to myself to change my ways and this week has marked the start of that!

I've cut out a lot, well pretty much all, junk and cut back on a lot of refined sugar. So no sugary cereals (my fave) and back to sweetener in my tea! I've also knocked coffee on the head!


We've been more active, getting outside and playing in the garden more and more. 


The result is that I've lost 3lb!!!



I also made an effort to try and put less chemicals into my body. So many painkillers don't work for me so whats the point in taking them? This has helped a little with the nausea so I only take them when I have or feel a migraine coming as these are unbearable and one of the only things painkillers actually fix. I'm ensuring I'm taking all the vitamins I have and my husband, who's a bit YouTube obsessed, has been watching videos in the hope of finding more things for me to try over the coming weeks.

As all my make up and lotion and potions (as my Dad calls them) run out, I'm replacing them with more natural alternatives. I'm lucky that one of my oldest friends has recently become a Bodyshop consultant so it means lots of advice and things to try!  

The biggest thing though is that I also moved us all to the other branch of our GP's surgery and went to see a Doctor on Tuesday. I was fortunate that hubs employer allowed him sometime out so he could come with me. I wrote a list of all the various issues and was lucky to get in with a GP that had seen me once before when covering at the other practice. We may have gone well over our 10 minute appointment slot and I may have cried a little, well a lot, but the GP went through all my previous tests and results and we finally feel we are getting somewhere. 

The Osteomalacia shouldn't be causing me pain but the Vitamin D deficiency will but with that now under control, she isn't concerned by the last bloods and calcium deficiency. I've had more bloods to rule out other issues but we have come back around to the possibility of Fibromyalgia. 

It's not what I wanted to hear but it means we are getting somewhere. It's something that I'll have for life but at least I know what I'm dealing with. Finally getting a diagnosis is a positive thing, right? Getting medication to help is great, right?  Currently I'm not sure what to make of it.

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No Sew Draught Excluder


Just over a week ago I posted about our return to Ikea and the Live Lagom project. I was excited to meet the new participants and to see Kerry, the Ikea leader, and Juliette, another former participant, again.

The activity was all about cosy homes and as part of that we made draught excluders. Kerry had pre-warned me to take a fabric, needles and thread but I was a bit concerned as my hand sewing is a bit, well, shit to be honest!!!

Luckily Kerry showed us a no sewing option, which worked really well, so both myself and Juliette gave that one a try and now as promised I'm sharing how to do it with you!

You will need
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk or a pen to mark your fabric
  • Scissors or pinking shears
  • Fabric
  • Toy or pillow stuffing  

Start by measuring the door that you want to make the draught excluder for. You need to measure the width and depth to make sure it fits and that you won't drip over it. 



Next fold your fabric in half with the inside upwards and ensure you have enough to allow around 5 inches around the sides and bottom of your measurements.






Mark out the fabric with your chalk as per your measurements and the allowance. 




Cut out. I decided to use pinking shears to reduce fraying. 



Then cut the allowance into strips as shown below. You may need to remove one or two of the strips around the corners so they aren't too bulky.


Turn the fabric the right way round and begin to tie the strips to each other to close the sides. Stop when only one of the ends is left open. 



Fill with the stuffing. I used the filling of some old cushions that I had meant to throw away.


Tie off the ends. 



That's it you're finished! It's really that simple!



Why not give it a try for yourself with some left over fabric or old bedding? The ones I've made have made a huge difference to keeping our home warm and cosy. 

Enjoy!

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Movie of the week!


This week's movie of the week is an old favourite of Josephs and one that he would watch constantly around his 2nd birthday. It's this week's number one favourite but is actually a sequel. It's Shrek 2!



The follow on for the first Shrek movie, Shrek 2, is easy to watch and the kind of film you can watch and watch without wanting to bang your head against a wall.  

Shrek, Donkey and Fiona return to the screen as we see Princess Fiona introduce Shrek to her parents. Fiona's father, King Harold of Far Far Far Away, is horrified to see his daughter in ogre form and with an ogre for a husband! The Fairy Godmother and her son Prince Charming convince him that Fiona is better suited to marry Charming and their scheming plan unfolds.

Wanting to see Fiona happy Shrek sets about changing himself so he can be accepted by her parents and the kingdom. Meeting Puss In Boots along the way their gang grows in numbers and funniness.   

With voices from Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas and Cameron Diaz there are lots of laughs for the kids and plenty of grown up jokes for the parents. Shrek 2 is hilarious from start to finish. 

There's also a kinder side to the story as it shows that you shouldn't have to and don't need to change yourself for your happily ever after.

If you'd like to give it a watch Shrek 2 is currently available on Netflix. It's also available Amazon for the bargain price of £1.99!

Enjoy!

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Product Review - ChewyMoon


The last few weeks have been spent cutting down on Joseph's sweet treats and unhealthy snacks. I'm keen though to not get stuck in a rut with the same old offerings, so I was super excited when the folks over at ChewyMoon asked me to give their subscription snacks a try.



ChewyMoon is the creation of four friends, Verena, Laurence, Nick and Lijo, who are passionate about nutrition and healthy snacks. What makes them different though to other healthy through your door snack services? Well ChewyMoon is the first one for kids!

But what makes it different from the adult ones? Well, the super cool packaging is just the start. 


Engaging, bright and quirky, from the moment the boxes arrived through our letter box they had Joseph's attention. There were lots of "oooooooo", "awwww" and the favourite "me, let me see".




We received two boxes, one just for kids and one family box. The contents of the boxes are based on your child's age and what their body and brains need to develop.

Inside each box was a selection of snacks. five in the children's box and seven in the family box, with two of them in the latter being for us grown ups!





There was also a science fact card, stackable toy and comic strip for the kids and the all important nutrition information for parents.


  


With flavours like Freak Fruits, Snacko Italiano, Chery Cola and Jack N' Fruit we were keen to get stuck in and try them! Freaky Fruits and Beary Friends were our favourites! 




Made with all natural ingredients they are full of goodness but still very yummy!

Now, I'll be quite honest, there were one or two snacks that Joseph really wasn't sure about! As some of the snacks were so different to what he's used to though I didn't think that a couple out of ten was that bad going!! He didn't dislike them for long though. I left them in his bowl in the hope he'd try them again and he did, especially when he spotted Mummy having a taste! 



ChewyMoon gives the opportunity to introduce your little ones to new flavours and tastes.


If you want a unique way to introduce healthy snacks to your little ones give ChewyMoon a try. A subscription is £4.93 a week, which includes a monthly family box.  

Want to win a set of ChewyMoon boxes like the ones featured?  Enter using the box below!

Enjoy!

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