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Sunday, 13 October 2019

Slap Ninja!

[Gifted]

We're are incredibly lucky to be sent another great game to review! This time it's Slap Ninja!

When I heard we'd be getting the chance to review Slap Ninja I was really looking forward to it, especially as this is one of the many items that our 5 year old, JJ, has ticked in a certain toy catalogue for Christmas!


Boxed toy ninja game with a large over sized hand with a chop action


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Shaun The Sheep Bookstagram Tour

[Gifted]

We're super excited for the latest Shaun the Sheep movie, Farmageddon and it's on our watch list for half term fortnight!

Along with the movie there's a great selection of books being released and over on Instagram I'm hosting a stop on the bookstagram tour! If you're not familiar with online book tours I'll explain! Over a week or two, bloggers and Instagrammers host a spot on the tour with a review and today it has been our turn!


Little boy holding a selection of Shaun the Sheep books


Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Thunderbirds Are Go!!!

[Gifted]

If you have children that are TV fans you'll probably be well aware of the new Thunderbirds animation series! It's a favourite of our 5 year old son and it's one of his first picks when he has tablet time. 

As he was already playing with Daddy's vintage Thunderbird toys there was lots of excitement when the new series started and again when a brand new range of toys were released!

When Bandai and the Thunderbirds team offered us the chance to try the toys it was an obvious YES!!


Two large action figures, along with three thunderbird vehicles and a mini figure

Monday, 7 October 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 15


Another week has passed so it's time for A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 15!!

This week we're looking at two items you need to buy before it's too late!


Text week 15 across a festive scene of a Christmas tree and gifts

Friday, 4 October 2019

My Happy Journal

[Gifted]

My Happy Journal  is a beautifully designed children's activity journal, created to promote a positive mindset and gratitude skills. It is full of inspirational ideas to spur on our little ones imagination. 


A bright yellow journal surrounded with pencils and crayons


Wednesday, 2 October 2019

October Giveaway!!


It's a brand new month, so it's time for a brand new giveaway!!!

Regular readers will know that last month I reviewed the EcoPanda Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads and loved them! Now, it's your chance to try them too by entering this month's giveaway!


Monday, 30 September 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 14


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 14!!

The week's seem to be passing so quickly and there's signs of Christmas popping up in the shops and on the TV. So, what's next for planning? Well, it's time to talk food!!


Festive scene with a Christmas tree and gifts, with week 14 in text across the centre

Sunday, 29 September 2019

A Parent's Perspective - Home Education


When I was younger home education was extremely rare. Often seen as something that was more popular abroad than here in the UK, home education was usually for children unable to attend mainstream school due to health or behaviour. These days though it's a little different and home ed is becoming more and more popular, with more children being educate at home.




Friday, 27 September 2019

A Sustainable Change - EcoPanda Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads

Gifted for review

I love trying products and sharing my reviews with you, and as I talk more about sustainability and making simple changes, I'll be looking more at eco-friendly products and alternatives.

I'm starting by making a change from the usual cotton pads to these EcoPanda Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads.


Flatlay showing a cardboard box with the Bamboo logo and panda printed on the front and the caddy


Wednesday, 25 September 2019

5 Tips For Managing Building Work With Kids Around!

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Upgrading and renovating your house can take a lot of organisation at the best of times, but throw in kids, school runs and the mess and it can be even harder!

When we had work done last year, I was working a 9-5 and had our son to take back and forth to nursery, so I know too well how difficult it can be to balance things!

So, here's 5 tips for managing building work with kids around!


A drill, nails screws and other DIY items laid out


Monday, 23 September 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 13


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas! It's week 13 and it's time to do a little more scheduling so get the diaries back out!!


Festive scene with tree and presents with week 13 across the centre.


Friday, 20 September 2019

Townend


Set in Troutbeck Valley, in the Lake District, Townend, offers an insight into the farming life of the Brownes family.


Exterior of an old farmhouse


Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Zuru Smashers Dino Eggs With Smyths Toys


[Gifted for review]

I don't know about your kids but our son, JJ, loves pretty much anything dinosaur related! So he was super exited when he first tried the Zuru Smashers range last year.

When we heard about the new dinosaur themed range the excitement reached fever pitch! As our box of gifted Dino Smashers arrived there were squeaks of joy and JJ was excited to get smashing!


Flatlay showing egg shaped toys, one large and a selection of boxed smaller ones

Monday, 16 September 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 12


Holidays are coming, holidays are coming................

Yes, Christmas is soon creeping up on us and we're already into week 12 of A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas!

So far we've wrote our lists, checked them twice, cleared our freezers, started our shopping, cleared out hiding spots, had a declutter, ordered our crafty bits, booked to see Santa, the panto and arranged nights out and much more!

What's next? Food of course!


Christmas scene with tree and lights and gifts round the tree with week 12 text across the centre

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Teaching Your Kids To Respect School Rules

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Rules are a huge element of school life and children must try their best to respect the rules if they hope to do well throughout their education. Children, however, are not born knowing how to follow rules and just like reading and writing it's something that has to be taught.

Here are some tips on how to achieve this from an international school in Spain.


Pencil pot full of crayons


Monday, 9 September 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 11


It's Christmassssssssssssssssssssssssssss! Well, it's not but we are into week 11! Where did those weeks go?? It'll be here before you know it. 

With this in mind lets get on with this week's task! Diaries at the ready!


Festive scene with a tree and presents with Week 11 in text across the centre


Friday, 6 September 2019

September Giveaway


It's a brand new month so it's time for another giveaway! This month's prize has kindly been gifted by Epaderm. 


Flatlay showing a selection of Epaderm products and a soft toy frog and hippo


Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Low Budget Rock Painting


Over the last couple of years rock painting has become really popular and you can often spot decorated rocks and pebbles whilst out and about, but especially in local parks or nature reserves.

JJ and I have wanted to try this for a while and after we gave it a try on our recent visit to Wordsworth House we thought we'd try it at home. I soon discovered that the special pens can be a little pricey! With prices starting at £12 and going upwards to £25, this craft does can be pricey! But at Wordsworth House I found a more affordable way to rock paint and now it's time to share it with you!


Decorated rocks with crayons surrounding them


Monday, 2 September 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 10


It's week 10 of A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas!

We are now well into getting organised and on top of things. This week it's back to the diaries as we do the next lot of scheduling.

Festive scene with a tree and presents and week 10 across the front


Friday, 30 August 2019

Making A Sustainable Change


Plastics, wet wipes, recycling, rubbish, bee decline, climate change. All of these things are mentioned in the news regularly and the truth is as a country, a nation, a planet, we've got problems. Although politics take up most of the news right now, we have other big issues too and one is the environment.

Bee resting on a purple flower


Wednesday, 28 August 2019

August Giveaway!


It's a little late in the month but let's see it out with a competition! This month I'm giving away a £20 Amazon voucher!


Close up of a phone with the Amazon logo on it's screen


Monday, 26 August 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 9


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks To An Organised Christmas.

As we enter week 9 we continue with the diary planning and appointment making, so grab your diaries and let's get started.


Festive scene with Christmas tree and presents with Week 9 in the forefront


Friday, 23 August 2019

Return To Wordsworth House


Back in 2016 we visited Wordsworth House with a very little JJ. Having missed it on our last visit we decided to return this year on our most recent trip to the Lake District.

One of the many National Trust properties in the Lake District, Wordsworth House sits next to the river in the heart of Cockermouth. Birth place and childhood home of the Poet Laureate, William Wordsworth, the house is fixed in the 1770's and even has traditional food to try in the kitchen!


Little boy sitting on steps of a grand house


Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Understanding The Early Years Curriculum

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The Early Years Curriculum, or the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a learning framework set by the UK Government. The EYFS is important in preparing children for later schooling. For many children this journey begins as they start nursery, play group or with a childminder. At a private nursery in Surrey, Banstead Prep, children enter into EYFS at the age of 2, where they believe that a secure, safe and happy childhood provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow.


Pot of multi-coloured wax crayons


Monday, 19 August 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 8


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas. As we head into week 8 it's time to get the diaries out as we make appointments and plans for the festive period.


Festive photo of a christmas tree, gifts, with week 8, A Very Snowy Christmas in text across the front


Friday, 16 August 2019

19 Books For 2019 - The Life Of Rylan by Rylan Clark-Neal


Can you believe it! I’ve read another book and this one I read in a few days. Maybe it was the piece and quiet and lack of tech on our holiday or maybe it was simply because it was such a good read.

Book 4 of my 19 books for 2019, was Rylan Clark-Neal’s autobiography, The Life of Rylan.



Book cover of The Life of Rylan

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Why You Should Encourage Your Kids To Read

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There are countless benefits to reading. Reading helps us to learn and it can help us to relax. Reading is also used as a form of entertainment. Whether your child reads to learn or for pleasure, a prep school in London share a number of great reasons why reading should be encouraged by parents…


Side view of a pile books


Monday, 12 August 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 7


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas. This week is week 7 of our Christmas prep journey, and with the current damp and dreary weather it certainly feels like Christmas is closing in!


Graphic showing a Christmas tree, presents and edge of a fire place with week 7 across the image


Friday, 9 August 2019

Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood


Nestled in Derbyshire, Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, combines a historic country home and childhood memories of the past.

Arriving at Sudbury over a bank holiday weekend we found it to be quite popular. With the car park situated across the road from the main hall and museum, the walk takes you on a picturesque view up to the property.


Child running in front of a country house


Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Beach Scavenger Hunt - British Beach Edition


Lots of you love my spotting activities and there's one for nearly every season, the seaside and even Halloween and Christmas. Spotting activities are ideal for keeping the kids entertained as they look out the window on long car journeys asking 'are we there yet?!', or when they get bored whilst out for a stroll, but what about when you'd like to keep them entertained elsewhere?  Perhaps at the beach or in a forest? Maybe add in a little adventure too?

Well, this is where a scavenger hunt comes in! So, for the first time ever welcome to the Mummy Snowy Owl Scavenger Hunt!! As it's summertime and lots of us will be off for a paddle at the seaside, I thought a beach scavenger hunt was the perfect way to start.


British coast with a pier in the distance


Monday, 5 August 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 6


It's a brand new week, so it's time for week 6 of A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas.


Festive scene with a christmas tree and gifts, with week 6 text in the centre

Friday, 2 August 2019

19 Books For 2019 - This Is Going To Hurt By Adam Kay


Reading 19 books for 2019 is not the easiest task I've ever set myself but we're getting there! I'm now three books in, having just finished This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay. 


This is going to hurt book cover with title in large text and a doctors coat hanging in the background

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The Deep


Day out gifted for review purposes.

Set overlooking the Humber estuary, The Deep, is one of the leading aquariums in the world and is home to over 5000 animals. Operating as an educational and conservation charity, The Deep, is also a key player in international marine conservation. 


Exterior of The Deep visitors centre


Monday, 29 July 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 5


Yes, it's Monday already! So, it's time for another festive post as part of our A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas!

This week is week 5, which means there is just 20 weeks until Christmas week! Don't worry if you've fallen behind or not made a start yet, as there's still time to catch up and have a very snowy and organised Christmas!




Friday, 26 July 2019

Helping Your Teenager Decide On University

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Will the next school year see your child prepare for university?

When the time comes for your teenager to start applying for universities, you’ll probably feel quite overwhelmed. As natural as that is, it’s probably nothing in comparison to how they are feeling. With that in mind, try and do your best to support and encourage your son or daughter and help take the pressure off them as much as possible by giving positive feedback. Unsure where to start when it comes to helping them select a university? Here’s some advice from a Sixth Form in Kent.


Brick wall with a sign reading university on it, with a stack of books in the forefront



Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A Parents’ Guide To The Key Stage 2 Curriculum

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A child’s education is divided into four key stages; Key Stage 2 is taught to pupils aged 7-11 in Years 3 to 6. If you’re a parent of a child in this age range, you probably have some questions about the curriculum and what your child is learning about in their lessons. A prep school in Leatherhead have put together the following guide to help parents understand the KS2 curriculum a little better.


Piles of notebooks, pencils, pens and other school stationary



Tuesday, 23 July 2019

How To Get More Involved With Your Child's Schooling

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Taking the time to read this post shows that you're keen to get involved with your child's education. It shows that you care about your child’s success, their comfort in their education, and that you are willing to make a difference. Many parents simply haven’t the time, means or maybe just don't want to do something like this, so you should pat yourself on the back for even trying!

Blackboard with a pile of books, apple, open book and pens in the forefront, a chalk drawing of a rocket sits behind the pen pot


Monday, 22 July 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 4


Welcome back to another week of A Very Snowy Christmas, 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas.

We've already made our list, checked it twice, done our budget and cleared our hiding space, so now it's time to start shopping!!


Christmas tree surrounded by presents with the text week 4 across the front


Why You Should Attend School Open Days

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When it comes to choosing a new school for your child, attending open days a huge part of the process and one that shouldn’t be neglected. Touring the school and getting a feel for it in person is really important and can help make or break your decision. A prep school in Surrey explore the benefits of attending a school open day below.


Childrens classroom with pen pots to the forefront of the picture


Sunday, 21 July 2019

Another July Giveaway


July has already brought us one board game giveaway, but now it's time for one for the grownups! 

If you saw yesterday's post you will know that we recently reviewed the eco-friendly board game, Nudge. The creators have been super kind and have gifted a game for a giveaway.


Nudge board game box


Saturday, 20 July 2019

Nudge Eco-Friendly Board Game


Gifted

We love a good board game and once our son has finally stopped the bedtime roulette of 'I'm not sleepy, I'm thirsty, I'm too hot, I'm too cold, I need the loo' etc, we try and take the time to put down our phones and do something a bit different.

Over the years we've collected a selection of board games, puzzles and playing cards and these are our usual go to's when we are looking for something that isn't tech based to do. Recently though I've become very aware that a huge majority of board games are plastic based. From the counters to the packaging there's a lot of plastic involved, but is there an alternative?

Well now there is! Nudge is a strategy based, two player game that is made from fully recyclable materials. The packaging is made up of cardboard and paper and the counters are made from bioplastic.


Nudge brown box


Friday, 19 July 2019

The Importance Of Sports Day In Schools


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Summer is here and that means many schools are preparing for their sports day activities, but what exactly is sports day and why is it such a big part of school life? 

St. Hilda’s School in Harpenden have put together some of the key benefits of sports day and explain why this special day should be celebrated by students, staff and parents…


Children at the starting line for a race, holding batons


Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Beginner's Guide: How To Start Racing With A Dirt Bike


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Recently, we have become more and more outdoorsy. More walking, more time spent outdoors and more time having fresh air adventures. Even on our quieter weekends the boys head out on their scooters to our local skate park or we go to our local nature reserve for a stroll and to feed the ducks.

As our adventures becoming more regular we have discussed trying lots of different things and one being dirt biking, but with only one holiday experience of it, I'm unsure of where to start and what we need to know. 

Bike Bandits have created this post to share what you need to know about dirt biking and racing, so it's super handy if you're thinking of giving it a try too. 


Two people dirt biking and jumping


Monday, 15 July 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 3


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas.

This week is week number 3 and we're getting ready for all those presents you're going to buy early!


Christmas tree surrounded by presents with the text week 3 across the front


July Giveaway!


July is here so it's time for another giveaway!

This month's prize is for a pair of travel games. These travel board games are great for holidays, whether it be for travelling or rainy days.


Flatlay showing two travel board games, GuessWho? and Battleships


Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Helping Your Child Develop Their Social Skills

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Social skills are essential to a child’s development. Well established social skills can not only help with friendships and personal relationships, but they can also support your child throughout their life and in their future careers. Some children are naturally very sociable, while others may need a helping hand to build these invaluable skills. 


Little boy walking down a stony path, surrounded by flowers and heading towards an old fashioned gate

There are many ways in which you can help your children to improve their social skills. Oaks International School have put together the following advice for parents…

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Keeping The Kids Safe When Crafting


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Crafting with your children has many advantages. It’s a brilliant chance to spend some time together doing something fun. It’s a chance for your kids to see you get stuck in and learn something new. It’s a wonderful and exciting way to teach them more about the world, and a way to support their school work with inspiring and colourful home projects. It’s one of the few times that you will encourage them to be messy at home. 

Child holding a paint pot and squeezing out paint, with other paint pots in the foreground


Monday, 8 July 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 2


Welcome back to A Very Snowy Christmas!! 

This week we are going to go over last week's lists and brace yourselves because we are going to be strict and thorough! So, pull out your lists and a pen and make yourself comfy for week 2 of A Very Snowy Christmas!


Christmas tree and gifts in the background with 'week 2' written across the middle


Wednesday, 3 July 2019

19 Books For 2019 - Part-Time Working Mummy, A Patchwork Life By Rachaele Hambleton


Book two of my 19 books for 2019 has been read and it's a good one! Part-Time Working Mummy, A Patchwork Life By Rachaele Hambleton, tells the story behind the success of her blog and social media channels.


The book sat at the side of a cup of tea

Rachaele is open from the start as she details her childhood and eventful teenage years. She shares her experiences of a violent, often volatile relationship with the father of her eldest daughters and the subsequent relationship breakdowns that follow. Rachaele's story is an eyeopening insight into the life and recovery of those suffering domestic abuse. 


Monday, 1 July 2019

A Very Snowy Christmas - 25 Weeks For An Organised Christmas Week 1


If you happened to be hanging around social media around the 25th June you might have noticed the 'only 6 months until Christmas' posts. For some six months is a longtime but for many, especially those on a budget, it could only be five or six pay days away and that makes it a bit scary. 

Then there's the planning. Who to buy for, what to buy, cards to write, food to order, baking to do, the list grows, and to be honest, we probably put way to much on ourselves in a bid to achieve what we think is the perfect Christmas.

Spreading out the jobs to do and the things to buy over a number of week's can make you stay on top of all that's to be done and help you spread the cost too. When it comes to Christmas I'm one of those plan as early as possible type of people. I've already done some lists and yes, I've even picked up a couple of presents! It's the Snowy Owl and Brownie Leader in me!! Be prepared!

So, do you want to be super organised? Have a more relaxed Christmas and maybe save a few quid too? Well, join me for A Very Snowy Christmas as we plan over the next 25 weeks for an organised festive period. 


A Christmas tree with the text, week 1, 25 weeks to an organised christmas