LeapTV from LeapFrog

The new LeapTV from LeapFrog is pretty amazing. My three children were beyond excited when it arrived in the post for us to test.

Setting up LeapTV

The set up process was incredibly simple, we were playing a games less than 5 minutes after opening the box and that includes setting up the connection to our internet.

LeapTV

LeapTV comes with one  console, height adjustable camera and mount, transforming controller (controller requires 2 AA batteries), HDMI cable – HDMI 700, AC power adapter, 16GB of memory and built-in Wi-Fi/Ethernet port for downloads. Basically everything you need to start playing straight away.

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Making space

I know I say it ALL the time, but my house is a mess, and yes I know I have three children who love to play and make things, and I don’t actually mind the LEGO bricks scattered around or the shredded bits of paper all over the carpet, but what really stresses me out is cupboards bursting full of ‘stuff’. Stuff we hardly ever use, but can’t bear to throw out just in case.

Every so often we decide enough is enough and try really hard to be ruthless, but it’s hard to give away cake moulds used once for a special birthday, the Planet Hollywood glasses from our honeymoon or the giant cardboard box the girls have spent hours doodling and writing on.

I have boxes full of artwork, cute little drawings of people, rabbits and ‘I LOVE YOU’ messages that I just can’t bear to recycle, but my bursting house and inability to find something five seconds after putting it down meant that something had to be done, so last weekend I attacked our kitchen equipped with handy boxes kindly sent from Ecomovers. I was so surprised how having high quality boxes made the decluttering so much easier. Things either stayed in the cupboard, went into a box for storage, a box for the charity shop or the bin. Usually we just have everything all over the floor and then end up squeezing it back into the cupboards, so the boxes were a huge success.

Now I just need somewhere to put the boxes, maybe the garage? Although that requires decluttering first.

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Gruffalo’s Child trail at Alice Holt

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child are two of my favourite children’s books, I have such happy memories of reading both to all my children. As the years have gone by they ask for the stories less, but whenever we’re in the forest we ALWAYS end up looking for the Gruffalo or pretending we’ve seen or heard him. It’s definitely a story that I know will stay with my children as they grow up and become a very fond memory.

We had a great time exploring The Gruffalo Trail at Alice Holt Forest earlier in the year and couldn’t wait to try The Gruffalo’s Child version. I was pleased to see it was a bit different, and as always was a great way to keep the kids moving without too much moaning about the cold.

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Fun games for kids

Our rather wet half term was brightened up by the arrival of a fun package of games from John Adams, which we excitedly opened and played straight away.

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Pig Goes Pop

First up is Pig Goes Pop which comes with the pig, 16 burgers and a dice. Players take it in turns to throw the dice and have to turn over a burger with the colour the dice lands on. Each burger has a number on the back. Players feed the pig their burger and press down on his head the same number of times as the number on the burger. [Read more…]

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Health benefits of Pycnogenol®

I’m always on the look out for a new health supplement in an attempt to thwart my everlasting tiredness from our busy life. I think it’s amazing that natural products can have such a beneficial effect on general health and wellbeing, which is why I was intrigued to learn about Pycnogenol® a natural pine bark supplement found to improve varicose and spider veins following pregnancy by improving blood flow and reducing swelling.

Did you know around 30 per cent of women will suffer from enlarged veins as a side effect of pregnancy as the amount of blood increases to support the developing baby, putting an extra strain on the veins? Increased hormone levels can  cause the walls of blood vessels to relax, which may also increase the risk of bulging veins. I know I’ve spotted an increase in spider veins on my legs since having my children, which makes me quite self conscious.

A study, in which 133 women took part found that supplementing their diets with Pycnogenol® significantly reduced varicose veins and decreased minor pain and discomfort.

This infographic shows other health benefits of  Pycnogenol® which are not limited to varicose veins. I’m particularly interested in the immune boosting, memory and skin hydration effects and will definitely be buying some to try myself. [Read more…]

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Christmas already? #WotSoFunee

Our house has been taken over by Christmas List fever. Z has written his in order of preference and given a rank out of 10. His list features a stunt scooter, k’nex rollercoater, rollerblades and a football table.

S basically wants roller boots, dolls, doll clothes and a ‘REAL Rabbit’ not sure she’ll be getting that one.

H tried very hard and very patiently to write her own list and has asked several times if Santa knows how old she is, so he knows she is only just learning to write. Sometimes it must be hard being the littlest.

Can you decipher it for me?

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Great Family Meals with Oxo Herbs & More

I often find myself stuck in a food rut, never having time to plan or organise myself, always ordering almost exactly the same food in my online shop and eating the same meals week after week. My problem isn’t that I don’t want to cook lovely, exciting meals, it’s simply a lack of time. Days spent working and running around after three busy children, evenings spent too exhausted to be bothered with anything other than lounging around on the sofa for an hour, before collapsing into bed.

When a selection  of OXO – Herbs and More flavour pots arrived for me to try with handy recipe cards, I couldn’t wait to try them out. The rich beef casserole was so quick to make in the slow cooker, literally 5 minutes prep time and it was done. I can’t tell you how lovely it was to walk in from after school hockey that night to the delicious smell of a home cooked casserole, knowing all I needed to do was cook some vegetables and spoon onto the children’s plates. Even my fussy 6 year old wolfed it down, asking for it the next three nights in a row.

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The rosemary and red wine flavour pot was definitely my favourite, it has a lovely rich flavour that was perfect for perking up a spaghetti bolognse and made an amazing lasagne.

The flavour pots are very easy to use, you simple add to a sauce or melt over your meat and they give so much flavour. I used a lemon and thyme pot on some slow cooked chicken thighs and they were lovely. I’ve been trying to use my slow cooker more and more so the evenings are less work and the flavour pots have really helped inspire me, even something as simple as chicken thighs taste so much better after adding a flavour pot.

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I usually find cottage pie a bit tasteless, but this simple cottage pie made with the rosemary and thyme flavour pot was so delicious my husband and I both had seconds, even though my plan had been to leave it for the kids the next day.

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Again, this was such an easy recipe, but bursting with flavour. Another meal I’ll definitely be making again.

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Overall, I’ve been very impressed with the new OXO Herbs and More range am really looking forward to preparing lots more tasty meals for the whole family.

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I’m working with BritMums and OXO on this project and have been compensated. All opinions and editorial oars my own.

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Memories and Recipes from Wales

I’d never been to Wales until I took part in a charity hitch hike with University to Dublin via Holyhead, looking back it seems a bit mad, I can’t believe we actually hitch hiked all that way.  A few years later my husband who spent some of his childhood in Wales, took me on a tour of the beautiful villages where he once lived on the way to visit my brother at University in Aberystwyth. I remember lots of beautiful scenery and long winding roads. I asked my husband about his memories of Wales growing up and this is what he said.

One of my happiest memories of Wales was when I was growing up in the small village of Brechfa. It seemed like my brother and I had complete freedom to explore the woods and rivers around where we lived. A few moments stand out for me

Bonfire night, I must have been about 6 or 7 perhaps and we would walk down through the village to the blacksmith’s. The road was I assume closed because we all stood in the road, on the verge and in the blacksmith’s shop. I remember the warmth and the smell of the blacksmith’s furnace, the huddle of the people who we all knew and then the amazing fireworks. Having been back to Brechfa and stood in the same spot I guess it would seem quite tame these days, and Brechfa does seem so small where as a child it seemed such a vast expanse. The village remains largely unchanged, the locals all know each other and are very friendly. [Read more…]

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Making life a bit easier…

My weeks seem to disappear in a whirlwind of school runs, swimming lessons, gymnastics and trying to work. My own needs tend to come last, way behind everyone else’s. So I’m a big fan of anything that makes life easier and tend to do most of my shopping online. If I can do something online it’s much more likely to get done than if not. Hair and beauty appointments are one of the big things that I forget to organise, I can go months and months without getting my hair cut or coloured, meaning that by the time I get around to it, my grey hairs are showing through and it takes a lot of time to make myself look reasonable, which of course makes life even harder.

ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS solves this problem, allowing you to find and book the best salons for haircuts, massages, nails and waxing all from one easy to use website, saving you hours of searching and endless phone calls.

ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS aims to combine easy peasy salon booking with sexy pics of salons and of your do’s, giving all rock chicks and cool dudes the definitive app for all their grooming bookings.

ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS launched in November 2013 in Leeds, and have been tweaking, adding and improving the website since then, looking to bring together local salons and the people searching for their next bit of pampering.

Manchester is the next city to added followed by more and more cities and towns. [Read more…]

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Djeco – Light Clay Friends – Review

I really struggle with birthday and Christmas gift ideas for my girls as they are so close in age and tend to share toys. Luckily they both love crafts and are big fans of FIMO, HAMA beads and other crafts.

We all LOVE Djeco craft sets, each one we’ve owned has been beautifully put together with high quality components and easy to follow instructions. The Light Clay Friends is one of my favourites, everything from the box to the boards, clay and accessories is just gorgeous, perfect for little people.

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The set comes with 4 different coloured, ultra light pots of clay, 5 boards to guide in the making of the animals and all the accessories you need. The clay air dries so there is no need for baking.

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