Sunday 24 December 2017

Festive Bird Feeders

Christmas is upon us. You've wrapped the gifts. Got the turkey out of the freezer. You've visited your family and friends. 

Maybe you want to do something a bit different. You'd like to make something with the kids. Maybe you need them distracted for a little while. Well, this little craft is ideal. Although, please be aware it can get a little messy!

Bird seed set in shapes of a snowman and stars

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Book of the week

This week's book of the week is another festive one but possibly our last book of the week for the year!

This book is the perfect Christmas book and is a must for Christmas Eve.

This week's book of the week is The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore.

The Night Before Christmas book

Friday 15 December 2017

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 and 'why are these so out of date?'.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!

A child with a large box on it's head.

Tuesday 12 December 2017

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.

Completed cards

Sunday 10 December 2017

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.

Cover of Jingle Bell Christmas book

Thursday 7 December 2017

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

Tuesday 5 December 2017

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! 

Festive Rocky Road with glasses of milk

Monday 4 December 2017

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

Thursday 30 November 2017

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!!

Movie poster for elf the movie

Wednesday 29 November 2017

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!!!!

Completed card

Sunday 26 November 2017

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

Thursday 23 November 2017

Movie of the week!

This week's movie of the week is a bit different! And, that's because Daddy and I have been on a day date!!

Yes, today we've been on a child free trip to the cinema! As fans of superhero movies we've been excited about the latest releases and this week's movie of the week has been number one at the box office all over the world.

This week's movie of the week is Thor: Ragnarok.

Thor Ragnarok movie poster

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Reindeer Cup Cakes

Everything is feeling a bit festive over at Mummy Snowy Owl HQ and that means its time to get crafty!

This week I decided to do some baking and I came up with these festive beauties! 

Red velvet cupcakes topped with chocolate reindeers/sprinkles

Sunday 19 November 2017

Book of the week!!

We are starting to feel very festive in the Owl house and our next few books are highly likely to be Christmas themed!

This week's book is no exception! 

Felt Fun Christmas is this week's book of the week!

Children's Christmas Book

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Movie of the week!

A certain little someone has been a bit poorly sick over the last week and has taken to watching this week's movie of the week repeatedly!

Having only watched it once before I'm not sure what made our 3 year old, Joseph, pick it out but he did and its one of my faves!

This week's movie of the week is The Princess and the Frog.

Princess and the Frog movie poster

Ka-chow - A Cars themed birthday!

My regularly readers and Instagram followers will know that I am a big Disney fan! So, when our little boy, Joseph, asked for a Cars theme for his 3rd birthday party I was happy to oblige!

I love a good themed party and Joseph has been lucky enough to have a Mickey Mouse and a Thomas the Tank Engine theme before. Having a theme can bring a cute touch to a party but it can also make things expensive! If like us you also have two parties, one for family and one for friends, that can add to the cost too!

So, I thought I'd share with you how we did our Cars themed birthday on a budget, twice!

First, I'll be honest with you and say I did start prepping a couple of months before. Doing this allows time for bargain hunting and getting crafty! I started by looking for ideas on Pinterest and had a flick around the internet for any special offers on partyware.

The latter meant I got the themed invites, tablecloth and party bags on special offer at Toys R Us, getting them for less than half price!

Next, I set about coming up with decorations, and again Pinterest was a great resource for this! I decided to go with bunting and to ensure all the pictures I used matched and were the same style I used Disney Wiki. It was time to get crafty!

Lightning McQueen picture with scissors, string and tape

Monday 13 November 2017

Book of the week!

It's time again for book of the week! 

This week's book is all about friendship, sharing and kindness, which makes it ideal for little ears!

This week's book of the week is Bears on Chairs.

Cover of bears on chairs

Thursday 9 November 2017

Movie of the week!

Our 3 year old loves cars. Car toys, car books and car tracks, he loves them all. This week's movie is another part of his car fascination and has suddenly become his favourite again.

This week's movie of the week is Cars! 

Cars movie poster

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Diary Zapp


Diary Zapp is an app designed to help your child get creative and record their activities. Whether it be adventures outdoors, literacy homework or the latest arts and craft project, it can be recorded and shared with grown-ups. Created by the Dance family, the app is ideal for those with school age children.

Sunday 5 November 2017

Book of the week!

Book of the week is a little bit late this week! We've been super busy at home and when I've had chance to sit down I've had a problem with my eyelids closing and nodding off to sleep!! But now the time has finally come for this week's book of the week!  

This week's book is a bit of an educational one! It's Snappy First Words in Spanish!

A white mouse in a brightly colours background and the title Snappy First Words in Spanish

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Movie of the week!

Wow the week's are flying by and its time again for movie of the week!

This week's movie is a Disney Pixar classic. Loved by many, this film is one of our all times faves!

This week's movie of the week and the film we're watching on repeat this time is Toy Story 3!!

Toy Story 3 movie poster

Sunday 29 October 2017

Spooky Mummy Biscuits

Halloween is days away and you've decided to join in the fun. Do you want to get creative? Well, here's a low cost, super easy activity for you!

Finished biscuits

Thursday 26 October 2017

Book of the week!

Wow! Where did the week go! It's time again for.......BOOK OF THE WEEK!

This week's book is a little different. There's no dinosaurs, no furry creatures having adventures and shockingly it isn't a hand me down!!! It is, however, incredibly educational and contains a lot of fruit and veg!

This week's book of the week is How Things Grow.

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Movie of the week!

Just like last week's movie of the week we've gone a bit witchy! This witch though is probably one of the most famous of them all, as is the movie in which she features! 

This week's movie of the week is.....The Wizard of Oz!

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Sleep soundly with the ResMed S+

Millions of people struggle to sleep. Whether it be stress, pain or insomnia, there are plenty of reasons behind a broken nights sleep, but can a better understanding of your sleep pattern help?

I was recently offered the chance to try the S+ device by ResMed.

The sleek looking device works with an app on your phone to monitor and assess your sleep patterns, giving daily and personalised feedback.

Sleep device alongside an iphone

Saturday 21 October 2017

Book of the week!

Welcome to this week's book of the week!

This week's book is one that we've had on the shelf for a little while but not read until this week. 

You're All My Favourites by Sam McBratney tells the story of a family of bears. 

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Movie of the week!

Yes, its that time again! Time for a brand new movie of the week! 

This week's movie is one of my all time faves! A film that I watched and loved when I was younger and bought on DVD as a grown up! As Halloween draws nearer its also the best time to watch it!

This week's movie of the week is Hocus Pocus!

Monday 16 October 2017

Belton House

Built in the 1680's for Sir John Brownlow, Belton House is described as 'a classic country house' by the National Trust. Set in 1300 acres of land it offers beautiful grounds, which are just waiting to be explored and enjoyed. 

Belton House is around an hours journey from where we live in Nottingham, so it's on our radar for days out, especially as we're National Trust members. Back in June, with nice weather forecast, we set out for our first visit! 

Dad and son walking towards a stately home

Thursday 12 October 2017

Book of the week

Have your ever wanted to go on an adventure around London? Maybe on the back of a lion?

Well, you can with this week's book of the week!

Katie in London is the story of a little girl and her brother, Jack, and their amazing trip around the city!

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Movie of the week!

Our 3 year old, Joseph, has a new found love for dinosaurs and Lego style movies. Put the two together and what do you get? 

Monday 9 October 2017

Legoland Windsor

Based in Windsor the Legoland resort offers 55 rides and attractions. Aimed at children from 3 to 12 it offers a range of different themes, including vikings, ninjas and Star Wars.

Legoland logo

Friday 6 October 2017

Book of the week!

Our book obsession continues with a brand new book of the week! 

Its another Thomas related book but this time it comes with sound effects! 

Thomas and Friends Noisy Sound Book is a story of the famous Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Bertie, and you can puff along with them on their adventure by pressing the button within the book. 

Tuesday 3 October 2017

Movie of the week!!!

Yes, it's back!! Just like book of the week the rainy days and lack of sunshine have brought about the return of movie of the week!

Now as a non-Disney film (shock horror) this wouldn't usually be a first choice in our house. I always feel a bit of betrayal when we watch an animation which doesn't feature the famous castle in the open credits! In fact when Joseph was a bit younger he used to shout no if a film didn't show said castle, but if any film was going to change our minds it would be this one, making it our current fave. 

This week's movie of the week is Trolls! 

Friday 29 September 2017

Book of the week

Books, books, books. We are back in love with books!! So its time again for book of the week!

This week its a book bought for our 3 year old, Joseph, by his grandma. 

Written by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe, Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp, opens with two pages of dinosaurs, their names and how to pronounce them. 

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Keep Calm and Eat Out

Going out to eat should be a relaxing time. A break from routine. A treat for the family. Bring children into the mix though it can turn into a stressful and unpleasant experience.

So, how can you make it enjoyable and relaxing? Especially when you have a toddler or preschooler in the mix?!

Smartly dressed toddler sitting in a highchair in posh surroundings

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Book of the week!

Wow! Where did the week go? It's already time for a new book of the week!

This week brings another hand me down, and this time it's an educational one!

Thursday 14 September 2017

Book of the week

Yes, that's right, the 'book of the week' feature is back! 

With many a rainy day the books are back off the shelf and being put to good use! And we've also had another stack of hand me downs, which seems to have re-sparked the book worm in our 3 year old, Joseph! 

He's especially took an interest in a lovely Thomas the Tank Engine library set. His current fave is all about Rusty, which before now we hadn't come across. 

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Making An Enchanted Rose!

Who loves a bit of Disney?? If you raised your hand and said "ME!", this craft is definitely one for you to try. Even if you're not that crafty it is super easy, like really, really easy and possibly the easiest craft I have ever done!

A red rose in a domed glass

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Choo choo - Our trip to Thomas Land!

Earlier in the year when our thoughts turned to Joseph's 3rd birthday we knew early on what we wanted to do for his birthday. He would have the usual family party but on his actual birthday we wanted to do something, just the three of us, and go somewhere we hadn't been before.

We wanted to go to.....................THOMAS LAND!!!

Thomas Land entrance

Monday 7 August 2017

10 Things That Make Me Happy!

It feels like ages since I've blogged and although I've got lots of ideas and things to say, I've pondered about which to share with you first. So, I thought I'd go with 10 Things That Make Me Happy following the tag by the lovely Laura of  Wafflemama fame!

Laura tagged me in her post a while ago and I thought it would be perfect to get restarted! 

So here we go.....

1. Joseph
Some days maybe hard but this kid was worth the 6 year wait. He is funny and lovable. I love him more than I ever thought possible.

Little boy dressed as a dinosaur

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Being More Positive!

It's easy to be negative. Moaning, complaining, glass half empty, not half full type of person. 

I'm one of those people. Glass half empty. Moaning Myrtle. Negative Nora. 

Well, I was until very recently, as I suddenly became very aware of how negative I was being. 

Scrabble letters to read 'be positive'

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Whatever happened to Mummy Snowy Owl?

I've been a bit slack on the blogging front over the last week or two, but its not that I've lost my mojo again. 

The opposite in fact as I've got lots to share! It's simply that we've been concentrating on other things. 

Having family time, days out, celebrating birthdays and enjoying the temperamental British summer! 

Wednesday 21 June 2017

A unique gift - Twenty Fingers Review & Giveaway

I like to think of myself as a good gift giver. I love to give thoughtful gifts and, often, unique gifts. I search for individual and different things to give, and I keep a list of things that people mention they need or would like and make use of it for birthdays and Christmas'. I was keen to follow this through for Father's Day and, along with our handmade gift, I wanted to get Daddy something very special. 

So, when Twenty Fingers contacted me and asked me what I thought of reviewing one of their creations I jumped at the chance!

Twenty Fingers is a family run business based in Milton Keynes offering unique and personalised gifts, with papercuts being their specialty. I had seen papercut art before but nothing like the impressive creations of Twenty Fingers!

When I first looked at their website I was bowed over by their intricate designs and attention to detail. How could these pictures be created with paper?

Screenshot of Twenty Fingers Website

Thursday 15 June 2017

Be Father's Day ready with Hallmark!

Living in a busy, and currently, eventful world its easy to forget about special occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day and Father's Day, all come around so quickly. Before you know it the days are upon us and we don't have gifts and cards. Or maybe like me, you concentrate on getting an incredibly thoughtful gift for the Daddy of your children but forget about your own Dad!

So, if you're reading this and a panic has swept over you! Don't worry! It's quite possible that Hallmark have got you covered! 

First, I have a confession to make. Personally, I always thought Hallmark were expensive, but I've been proved wrong! I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of the items on offer this Father's Day and I am honestly so impressed by the quality and value for money. 

Selection of Father's Day along with 3 small superhero toys

Sunday 11 June 2017

A Canvas For Daddy

My husband, Joseph's Daddy, loves our little ginger hurricane and proudly shows photographs to family, friends and work colleagues. He also displays Joseph very sulky nursery photo on his toolbox at work for all to see! So I wanted to make him something this Father's Day that he can place next to that sulky picture and be equally proud of. 

I remembered that he really liked a craft we did on the run up to Christmas and casually commented that 'he wouldn't mind one'. So we decided to do it again but tried a different, more effective, technique so I was keen to share it with you on the run up to Father's Day. 

A completed canvas surrounded by children's plastic toy tools, nuts and bolts

Sunday 4 June 2017

Can we stop with the bitching?

Women. Mothers.

We give sympathetic looks to the new Mum trying to get round the supermarket with a screaming newborn. We openly tell each other our birth stories having only met minutes earlier. We befriend each other over Instagram and Mummy forums. We drunkenly hug strangers and mop up their tears whilst in the loos on a night out. 

Pavement with love one and another written in chalk

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Charity Spotlight - Tiny Tickers

As May comes to a close it is time to share a newly discovered charity with you. The charities I choose range in size but their popularity though doesn't matter to me. What matters is the amazing work that they do.

Tiny Tickers is one of those charities. 

Tiny Tickers logo

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Lets Flip Out Giveaway!

Trampolining has gained huge popularity over the last couple of years, with more and more venues popping up around the country.  Unlike the freestanding trampolines from your school days these venues offer enclosed arenas.

Parent and child enjoying softplay together

Friday 19 May 2017

Spring Pine Cones

I'm not into bright colours. I'm the type of person who's outfits are mostly black. The one who's home interior is neutral.

But just lately I've felt the pull of the brightness of spring shades and I've been on the look out for easy and affordable ways to bring spring into our home. 

During our recent visit to Sherwood Pines Gruffalo hunting Joseph and I felt the need to collect a few pine cones, much to Daddy's annoyance! Pine cones are easily associated with Christmas and the festive period but why not give them a spring makeover? 

Painted pine cones

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Gruffalo's Day Out

From the usual scrolling of social media I discovered that there's currently something afoot in the deep dark words, as adventures are lurking and there's Gruffalos to be found!

Screenshot of the Gruffalo app showing the gruffalo in a woodland

Wednesday 3 May 2017

Movie of the week

This week's movie of the week is actually a selection of shorts. Featuring some well loved and known characters, but in a Lego animated format, these shorts are the type of film/program you can pop on when you want to pee in peace or make a cuppa. 

This week's movie of the week, and therefore the thing we are currently watching over and over with our two year old son, is Frozen: Magic of the Northern Lights.