Aug 18

Fuzzikins Cozy Cats Review

The Monkey and the Mouse have been after a pet for months…..well years actually, so when I was given the chance to review the Cozy Cats Craft set I thought it would be perfect for them (maybe even satisfy the need for a pet?!).IMG_2745The box is very attractive and looks perfect for a gift or a treat, the monkey and mouse were very excited to open it; they could not wait to customise their own cats and cat’s beds! Within the box you will find – three plain white cats, three felt tips, three sets of beds to make up (each set contains the bed and decoration bits).  There is even a ‘practice your colouring’ bit on the box! IMG_2747Seeing the inside only excited the kids more, they wanted to get creating straight away. They chose a cat each and began to colour and build. The beds are made of felt and are relatively easy to assemble, there is a lolly stick to help you poke through the tabs to keep the bed together. This may be fiddley for little fingers, but Monkey managed it fine at 8 years old and Mouse at 6 years old only needed limited help. IMG_2749The cats themselves are soft to touch, almost a fleecy feel. You can use the felt tips to draw directly on them and make them your own. Ir goes on easily and once dry doesn’t come off. Monkey and Mouse enjoyed making their cat the way they wanted without too much instruction from the set itself.

They both took their time in getting their cats to be just the way they wanted, each talking it through with the other and pointing out the different accessories you get with each cat – they were both very impressed there was a cape for one of them! The decorations are lovely and include fish and hearts made from felt. The felt shapes are self adhesive so there is no worrying about messy glue. This is perfect for the children who don’t like getting glue on their fingers! IMG_2756I am very happy with the set, it kept the kids entertained for quite a while and they have played with the figures they have decorated after finishing the design.

Mouse says

“The set is great and I would like to have some dogs now”

Monkey’s verdict

“This is a box of awesome and I think our cats are sic”

(just to clarify that this Sic is not the poorly kind but the ‘Cool’ Kind)

There is another set of Fuzzikins – the Dozy Dogs and I can see that being on the list of things that Monkey and Mouse either want to save their money for or would like to add to the Christmas List. Would we buy it? Yes we would, it is a lovely set for crafting that is perfect for a gift, a treat or an everyday craft buy.

Aug 03

Possible RSI

I am sat here in front of the telly, trying not to do anything. Both of my arms are in pain, and I’ve got a doctor’s appointment later to sort out what it might be, but until then I’m trying to rest them.

Do you know how hard it is to do nothing? It’s the School holidays – I’ve got the Monkey and the Mouse at home wanting to be entertained, I’ve got work to do from the day job that includes working on the computer and I have blogging to do to do. Heck I have bogging I WANT to do!

When I got up this morning the Monkey and the Mouse told me straight away that daddy had left strict instructions for me, that if I did ANY work today they had to tell me off. They even listed what I could and couldn’t do; work, lifting, moving and especially typing.

Mouse is one of those people who knows when there is something wrong without anyone saying anything, she reads feelings and always wants to help. So, I agreed to do as little as possible until I see a doctor, to stop her worrying.

But I had an idea, I would write by microphone, I would tell the computer what I wanted it to type……There is a good chance that none of this makes sense is it tries to decipher what I’m trying to say!

I don’t know what to do to help my wrists and arms, when they feel like this you quickly realise how much you use them! I am doing extra hours at work in a slightly different to my normal day job which is data based, so it is mainly typing, tidying up systems, looking up things on the computer and generally using my hands/wrists/arms all of the time. There is a good chance this is what has caused my arms to start hurting and I think I may have some kind of RSI (although I am not a doctor)!image

I am trying to rest the arm as I figure this may be the doctor’s advice too, and wearing a tubigrip thing, but as it is my right arm hurts most and I am right-handed this is tricky….and of course sods law means that because I’ve been trying to use the other arm a bit more – that wrist is now hurting too.

Roll on the doctors! Do you have any advice? Any miracle cures if it is RSI?

 

Jul 29

Speedy Bin Game – Review and Competition

This week we have mostly been playing Speedy Bin! The Monkey and the Mouse were very excited when it arrived and they couldn’t wait to get stuck into playing!image

In the box there is the bin and the paper.  You have to construct the bin before you can play the game, but it is simple to put together.  The construction took us less than two minutes. Once built, the next step is to roll up all the paper into balls.  The you are ready to play! 13835597_10157272361830445_1170308620_oEach player takes their own colour of paper and the aim is to throw your paper into the bin. Speedy Bin runs on batteries and as the game is played he moves about the floor with his lid opening and closing. The end of the game is when the bin stops running around and the one who has managed to throw the most balls of paper into the bin is the winner.

The Monkey and the Mouse both love the game and want to play it over and over again. There has been no falling out over the rules or who has won, just a shout of ‘let’s play again’ when a game ends.

It is a great game, simple to play but so full of fun – it’s gets the kids running about and laughing (a lot). I found it fun to watch too, both of them trying to plan where the bin will go next but being too excited not to throw the balls of paper quickly.

I would recommend this game; it is aimed at ages 4 years up and I think it is brilliant for different aged children to be able to play together.  The only downside I have is that once built the bin doesn’t fit back into the box for storage…but all the paper fits in the bin so it becomes its own storage, so it is not really a problem.

I love that my two laugh so much whilst playing this and it is something that we can play too!

I am sure that you would like your own copy wouldn’t you? Well, the lovely people at IMC Toys are very kindly offering you a chance to win your own ‘Speedy Bin’.  All you have to do to be in with a chance of being the winner is follow the options on the Gleam widget below!

Good Luck!

Speedy Bin Game

Jul 24

My Sunday photo

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Jul 18

LEGO DC Justice League: Gotham City Breakout Review and Competition

Lego is awesome, I don’t know anyone who would disagree with that. DVDs are great for entertaining the children when you need to do some housework or for you to spend a relaxing afternoon together. So, put Lego on a DVD and you have to be winning, right?!pastedImage

We definitely thought we were wining when we were asked if we wanted to review the latest Lego DVD “LEGO DC Justice League: Gotham City Breakout“, it was released on DVD and Blu-ray™ on 4th July and the quick review of it, is that it is awesome! 

The caped crusader reluctantly lets Batgirl and Nightwing take him on a long-overdue holiday from crime fighting, while Superman and the Justice League watch over Gotham City.  When Batgirl and Nightwing take Batman on a trip down memory lane – literally – to visit a key mentor from Batman’s formative years, the Bat trio encounters old nemeses, and invaders from the centre of the earth show Superman and other Leaguers just how busy Batman is on a regular basis. 

It is almost like you are watching two different stories as you follow Batman on his ‘holiday’ and you watch the others keep an eye on Gotham! It is fantastic, so many recognisable character join the fun (including my favourite – the Teen Titans!) and it really does keep the kids entertained.

It runs for 72 minutes, which is a perfect length for my two, it isn’t too long that they get fidgety but is long enough to fit in lots of adventure! The animation is brilliant (as you would expect) and I love how colourful it all is! We would definitely recommend it to families, we have been watching it on film nights as light relief and something we can all appreciate! 

You have a chance to win your own copy, all you have to do is follow the widget below!

LEGO DC Justice League: Gotham City Breakout

JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies. © 2016 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved. 
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Jul 11

Confessions of a Summer Parent – #TheGoodStuff

There is no denying that the summer can be a challenge; six long weeks of a school holiday to entertain children who are used to having something to do constantly for at least 6 hours each day. To add to that you still have to do real life; your job, housework, shopping, visiting, preparing, looking after a younger sibling.

So what can you do to get through it, what cheats are there to survive the longest of the school holidays?

Here are some of mine………

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There once was a mum of two

who over the summer did not know what to do

she switched on the telly

put popcorn in their belly

and had chance for a hot brew

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There once was Me and my brood

and they insisted they wanted food

to give me a break

I told them cheese on sticks to make

And they were in a happy mood!

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There once was a happy house

with mum, monkey and mouse

the house was a mess

mum couldn’t care less

the tidying could be done by the spouse!

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There once was a working mum

who needed to supply some fun

she told them all day

On their tablets to play

and she got her work done!image

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There once was a family of four

who just could take anymore

mum bribed them with sweets

to make everything neats

And once again you could see the floor!

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This post is an entry for BritMums Confessions of a Summer Parent Challenge, sponsored by Anchor

Jun 30

Book Review: A Whole New World

Parragon’s new imprint ‘Paper Rocket’ for young adult fiction will feature an exciting array of both Disney and Marvel fiction titles for tweens and teens. There will be fantasy, thrillers and illustrated novels all written by best-selling authors such as Stan Lee and Margaret Stohl.

We have been lucky enough to take a look at ‘A whole new world’, a story you haven’t heard before! This is not only the first title to be published under Paper Rocket, but is also the first title  in a thrilling series that puts a twist in much-loved tales, looking at what would happen if things did not work out as planned in stories you already love!.

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What if Aladdin had never found the lamp?

With Jafar in possession of the lamp and determined to break the laws of magic and gain control over love and death, the deposed Princess Jasmine and Aladdin must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion to stop the new power-mad ruler. But their fight for freedom soon grows costly, threatening to tear the kingdom apart.

I love this concept; bringing classic tales with a twist. Something new and exciting to an old tale! This book is aimed at older children and it is perfectly written for them; with the recognisable characters and the fun inside it is perfect for Monkey.

It is certainly a book that can’t be put down and there is a queue of people wanting to read it – apparently I have to wait as Daddy is next!

We love that it has similarities to the story we already know, we love that it is written in the way a child can read alone or together with a parent and we love that it is a twisted tale! We will definitely be looking out for the next one in this series.

As a bonus we were sent a lovely Aladdin’s lamp necklace, I just have to work out now whether I am going to be allowed to keep it or whether it will be whisked away to Mouse’s collection!

 

Jun 27

Keeping the kids refreshed – #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge

I have to hold my had up and say I am one of the parents that don’t know how much water the kids should be drinking a day, and although I am lucky and the Monkey and Mouse don’t moan about the taste of water – we all consider it a bit boring.  When I heard about the #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge sponsored by Robinsons, I thought it would be fun to join in!

I started by asking the kids what they thought would make them drink more water. They drew their ideas down and then ‘presented’ them to me. Mouse decided that she would drink more water if it was a sunny hot day and she was playing outside. She drew down her idea and told me that if I could turn the Sun on she would drink more water!13552771_10153538667531780_1674249030_n

Monkey on the other hand had a  more elaborate plan, he said that is he was outside with his dog, sunbathing under a tree with his light sabre he would more than likely drink more water. When I pointed out he didn’t have a dog, he said I would have to buy him one. At 8 years old my son decided that bribery was the way forward and that if I buy him a dog of his very own he would drink more water.13536004_10153538667346780_1293403196_n

A little perplexed at these suggestions, I asked hubby what he thought. Being an artist he wanted to doodle his idea……..Fruit flavoured rain, that way the kids would just step outside and be happy to drink the rain water.13522535_10153538667466780_1503240711_nAs much as these ideas are fantastic, I am not sure how much control I have of when the sun is out or what flavour the rain is, and I am sue that buying a dog as a bribe isn’t the best option!! So what else can we do?

Well, you could use Robinson’s Squash’d. Now I will be honest, I have seen these before and not bought them because I thought they were a bit of a novelty. Now having tried them I think they are fab. Perfect size for hand bags, glove boxes, pockets and picnic boxes! Just grab so water, add one squirt and off you go. We six delicious flavours there is an option for everyone. 13553290_10153538547106780_167256834_n

Join them! After a run around, a game of football or generally something tuna dn active outdoors, all sit down together and enjoy a drink of water! If they see you doing it, they are more likely too – leading by example!

Bribe I mean Reward them, use a reward chart with some cool stickers, so they can see how much they are drinking and they will feel like they are doing something good, or tell then for every 2 glasses of water they drink they can have a glass with a ‘super duper shot’ of Robinsons Squash’d in it!!

Serve Water in a ‘special’ glass or cup. Monkey and Mouse love drinking from anything they are not usually ‘allowed’ to drink out of – a Wine Glass, Mummy’s favourite cup or a mason jar with lid and straw – Not that I have banned them from these I hasten to add, but they just don’t normally have these.13563607_10153538667136780_446204283_n

Tell them the truth!! Tell your kids why you want them to drink more, tell them it is good for them, that they will feel fresher, that their skin will be better and it will help keep their insides fresh. My two love facts and often if they know why they are doing something, they will do it. When school did a session on eating your five a day – we were counting portions for months!

“This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons

Jun 25

A (non Britmums live) Saturday in the Life of me

I was unable to go to Britmums Live this year and I was reading all the tweets about how great it was I decided to think about how I would be spending my day, so here is a ‘day in the life of MoolBoots (that’s me)’!

 

5:50 am – I’m awake, why am I awake?! No-one else is awake, it’s Saturday and I have no reason to be up – Go Back To Sleep!!

7:38 am – I am awake again, slowly open one eye – just one – and check the time. Phew it is 7:38, a much better time…….and I can hear the kids coming this way!

7:55 am – I get up and head downstairs with the children in the attempt to give Hubby a lie in.

lego8:05 am – Arguing ensues over the one piece of Lego they both must have out of the 362,938 (Approx) pieces we own!

8:30 am – Daddy is up, breakfast is served and peace is restored.

cup9:30 am – Cup of tea in hand, Lego building resumed, TV on…..this could be a relaxing day after all.

10:15 – ‘Discuss with Hubby about who has a shower first (loosely translated to who gets 10 minutes to themselves first).  I lose and have to wait.

11:00 – Monkey and Mouse are desperate to get to the school fair that starts at 11 o’clock and they mustn’t miss a single second, yet neither of them are washed or dressed yet!

11:38 am – Finally we are leaving for the fair armed with pennies to play some games and have a go on the tombola. There is a massive black cloud above as we drive there and we are hoping not to get caught in the rain.

umbrella11:50 pm – We got caught in the rain and are now all soaked to the skin

12:30 pm – Kids are eating hot dogs and hubby is going for his second Cuppa Tea, we have played Hooplah, pin the flag on the map, throw the superhero through the hole and had multiple goes on the tombola and now we are watching two ten-year olds singing Uptown Funk – Hot Damn!!!

1:00 pm – Been roped into manning a stall thanks to the kids, to be honest I love that they want to help and that they wanted to give the teacher a break. It was kinda fun too!

foot2:30 pm – Home with our swag; the bottle of wine I won on the raffle, the smellies from the tombola and the teddies the kids won (because we needed more of them!). Football is on the TV and the kids have become Indiana Jones and a Chef and are playing upstairs. The plan is for a relaxing afternoon!

kel5:30pm – Had a little nap, felt a bit rubbish. Not sure why but at times I feel completely weary and have to sleep. Feel much better now though!

8:00pm – Kids are in bed, takeaway ordered, glass of wine poured and film on the TV.

A bit different to what I would have been doing in London if I had gone to Britmums, but a great day and a lovely evening to spend with Hubby. I love my family and find that the simple things are the things I enjoy the most!

Jun 25

Great Gizmos – Dinosaur DNA Set review

We have two very big Dinosaur fans in the house, they are also very big fans of exploring, digging, mess and fun – so when the 4M Tyrannosaurus T-Rex Dinosaur DNA Set arrived they could not wait to dig in!! 13492903_10157127066500445_821541739_nThis set has so much to offer, your children can become palaeontologists in the safety of their own home. It is for children 8 years and over but Monkey didn’t want to play without Mouse though (who is 6) so they played together, Mouse had no trouble with the set at all and as a mum I would be happy for her to have a set like this too.

The set contains a plaster block (which contains Dinosaur bones), hammer and chisel, map Mats and instructions!13522508_10157127061030445_1070413488_n

You will need to download the Dinocodes app to use alongside the set, but this is easy to do and is a free app.  I was really impressed with how much this set offers; you get to dig up dinosaur bones, construct a dinosaur (that becomes a great glow in the dark toy) and then using the latest AR (Augmented Reality) technology, you can watch the dinosaurs come to life using your phone or tablet.13530592_10153534089366780_2081402086_n

Monkey and Mouse got to work on the plaster block; using the hammer and chisel to start off getting rid of the plaster and then the brush to sweep away excess near the bones. I was worried it may take too long to keep their attention but I definitely didn’t need to worry, they loved every second. It is designed to show them what it would be like in real life; that is would take time and is delicate work. It was so good, even Grampsy loved getting involved too!IMG_2425

They dug up the bones and a small test tube with DNA in it. Once all the bones were dug up, they constructed the T-rex – they loved him straight away and kept running of to dark places to see him glow!

The DNA completes the map mats and enable you to bring your dinosaur to life using the app. Lay the mat on the floor, start-up the app, scan and hey presto, you have your own pet dinosaur!

It is fantastic, one mat has a dinosaur, one has a scene and you can use them together. We actually had a volcano in the room, it looks brilliant and with the dinosaur it looks even better.thumbnail_DinoCodes

For an added bonus you can take photos or make a video within the app so you can keep the memory. You can also share it with your friends through email or over your social media.

We love this Gizmo and will be keeping our eyes out for the others too. It is full of fun, the kids love it and it has been a brilliant bonding activity for them and Grampsy too! Monkey says it is the best thing ever and no longer wants to be a builder, he nows wants to be a ‘dinosaur discoverer’!!

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