Super Lottie – Review

I posted recently about Lottie Dolls as part of our review of the beautiful Autumn Leaves Lottie. Little H was beyond excited when a new outfit arrived in the post for Lottie especially because it was a superhero costume. The outfit was designed by a child for children and is the inspiration of six year old Lily, from Ohio, USA, independently judged by the Brave Girls Alliance. The set marks the first time that a crowd-sourced design by a child has gone into commercial production.

Super Lottie

Super Lottie has the power to be anything, to do anything, and to make the world a better place. She is unique and special in her own way [Read more...]

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Southern spelling #WotSoFunee

Just a quick one from me this week, as I forgot I was hosting, really sorry everyone. My brain has been full of school Christmas Fair tasks. Little tip for you…never volunteer to make a papier mach turkey…..

Little S has had her first spelling test at school this week, she is a really good little writer, but not the best at spelling, so it’s been a bit of a challenge for us all. However, what I hadn’t considered was the effect of her Southern upbringing, I’m from the North so never had a problem with adding an extra posh ‘r’ into words….

She tells me she needs to say ‘after’ the ‘funny way’ to get it right.

 

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Do you have a #funee to share this week?

 



 

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Trying to be organised

The last few months have been pretty crazy in our house. I keep thinking things will calm down and I’ll finally catch up on paperwork, blog posts, washing and generally get my life organised, but there just never seems to be enough hours in the day. I thought almost 3 hours a day when H started school would be enough, but it’s not, so now I’m thinking ( hoping ) that when she starts full time after Half Term that will make a difference, but I know that somehow the hours just get filled up and nothing will really change. I had good intentions of starting to run twice a week too and that hasn’t happened either.

It’s a sign of how disorganised my life is that I can’t find either of our iPads, despite having a very strong memory of moving one off the kitchen table to put it somewhere ‘safe’. Anyone got any ideas where I might have hidden it? I’ve already turned the living room and playroom upside down, and even looked under the sofas. In some ways it’s quite nice that the kids have stopped asking for it all the time, but it did make learning spellings a lot harder this week without the spelling app and I’ve missed doing my online food shop in front of the TV. Despite my love/hate relationship with technology and screens in general I have to admit they do make life much easier and save a lot of time, as well as being good time wasters too of course.  My husband is one of those people who likes to record everything in his phone or iPad whereas I still prefer a hand written list that doesn’t run out of power. Is it just me that’s so old fashioned? I still read actual paper books too instead of a kindle.

Fingers crossed I find the iPads soon and don’t have to buy another, although we did get a great deal from Tesco Direct, I’d rather spend the money on Christmas presents. Do you find things are calmer in school holidays or term time? I can’t decide which is easiest.

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Finding a bit of magic

The girls and I found ourselves alone last Sunday morning, so while Z and his Dad were having fun at rugby, we dressed up, made treasure maps and went out to find some fun.

The girls have been playing together brilliantly recently, lots of wonderfully imaginative games with dolls, playmobil or their rabbits. They set up school complete with crafting and reading corner and go on ‘holiday’ singing as they play. I could listen to them play and giggle all day long. S usually takes the lead, but H holds her own and isn’t just the follower. I love the relationship they have, that they always have a little playmate, someone to confide in, to give advice to and talk about their day. When H was first born, a two year age seemed like a lot, but these days it seems like hardly anything, especially as it’s just one school year. Little H has almost grown up too fast to catch up with her big sister.

Their different personalities are reflected in their choice of dressing up outfits, one a funny little Tinkerbell and one a happy, adventurous Jake.

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They are the sweetest little pair of girls, I just can’t explain how much they make me smile everyday, their creativity, confidence  and enthusiasm just blows me away. [Read more...]

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More than Coffee

I love coffee, I dread to think how much I’ve spent in Costa and Starbucks over the last few years, but more recently we’ve been making a conscious effort to buy less coffee and hot drinks out and about make them at home instead. The Tassimo is a brilliant for this and it’s not just coffee. We love the Costa Range, the Caramel Latte is a particular favourite, with just the right hint of caramel flavour. I just need a drizzle of caramel sauce and it’d be perfect.

Tassimo Caramel Latte

Did you know there’s even an Oreo Hot Chocolate Flavour? I bet it’s even nicer than our homemade peppermint Christmassy hot chocolate, which was also pretty amazing by the way. [Read more...]

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A very Playmobil Christmas

For the last few years the girls have been lucky enough to have a Playmobil Advent Calendar kindly bought by Grandma. They love opening it each day, setting the scene and finally finishing it on Christmas Eve. I think it’s a really lovely way to lead up to Christmas.

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As part of our role as Playmobil Ambassadors we were sent one of the 2014 Calendars to review. It did feel a bit wrong opening a whole calendar in one day, but we used it as a number recognition exercise for H, who was utterly overjoyed at such a naughty task. [Read more...]

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Discover The Mary Rose Museum

Are you looking for somewhere to take the kids over half-term? How about the Mary Rose Museum?

The Mary Rose was the warship of the English Tudor King Henry VIII. Built in 1510, the ship served for 33 years before sinking in 1545 in the Solent, during battle against the French. In 1971 the Mary Rose was discovered by Percy Ackland after years of searching, and was eventually raised in 1982. The entire excavation of the site spanned 12 years on the seabed, racking up 28,000 dives.

Visit the official website to discover more about the Mary Rose.

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Fun in the mornings

I remember not so long ago, when mornings were very different to how they are now. I remember getting up around 8, feeding my little Z weetabix whilst watching morning TV, putting him down for a nap around 9.30 and having a blissful half an hour to get myself ready for the day with no interruptions. These days my morning starts around 3 am when H comes into our bed and spends the next 3-4 hours kicking me in the back, asking me to stroke her arm and wondering loudly if it’s breakfast time yet. I finally relent sometime between 6.30 and 7 am when I hear Z’s oboe booming out of his room and attempt to make breakfast for three and packed lunches for 2 in record time. At this point I consider the morning a success if I manage to feed everyone without anything being spilled, and I’ve had a sip of tea. #MorningWin1

The next stage is getting everyone dressed and teeth cleaned.  I consider this a success if everyone has clean clothes available and manages to clean their teeth without dribbling down their beautifully ironed uniform. #MorningWin2

Stage 3 is hair for the girls. If I’m very luckily we remembered to brush well enough the night before for H’s hair not to be a big tangled mess, and S asks for a pony tail not plaits. #MorningWin3

Stage 4 is operation get me ready. I have the fastest shower you can imagine, brush and straighten my hair and apply a very quick layer of foundation to make me look a bit less scary. This stage is a winner if I manage all that without hearing screams from the girls room and I actually have clean and ironed clothes that vaguely resemble an outfit. #MorningWin4 

If at this point the girls haven’t ruined their beautifully plaited hair by practising forward rolls, that’s another quick win. #MorningWin5

I then ask the kids to put shoes and coats on and collect their bits, if we make it to the car on time without forgetting anything that’s a big win. #MorningWin6

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We drive half way to school park up and scoot the rest of the way. If we make it without anyone falling over or leaving anything in the car that’s another win #MorningWin7 On a bad day we park nearer school, if we manage to find a decent parking spot, it cheers me up for the rest of the day. #MorningWin8 [Read more...]

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Throwing a Doc McStuffins Party #Doctober

We were lucky enough to co-host a Doc McStuffins twitter party last week with UKMumsTV, my little girls couldn’t believe their luck when a huge box of Doc McStuffins toys and gifts arrived.

Our first task was to test out the toys.

Doc McStuffins Doctors Bag Set 

Every little Doc McStuffins fan needs a doctors bag, and this one is brilliant, you can see our full review here. The pieces are chunky, easy to hold and really good quality, my girls have played with this set a LOT, it’s worth every penny. The blood pressure gauge really spins and the light up, talking stethoscope is great fun.

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Doc McStuffins Role Play Set

Again this is great quality and comes with a doctors coat, stripy top for underneath, pink sparkly headband, name badge and stethoscope. We LOVE it. [Read more...]

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The day we found the fairies

When little S turned 6 we spent the day at the beautiful Wellington Country Park in Berkshire, it was a gorgeous sunny day and the wide open spaces, climbing equipment, jumping pillow and farm animals provided the perfect location for my wonderful little girl to spend her birthday.

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The icing on the cake was a beautiful wooded area full of fairy doors. My girls spent ages running around them, knocking on doors and hunting for fairy footprints.

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