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Poopsie Surprise Unicorn Review

Poopsie Surprise Unicorn Review

*We were gifted the Poopsie Surprise Unicorn for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

A sure-fire way to make my kids happy is to make slime with them, they absolutely love the stuff. Throw in a unicorn and they just wouldn’t be able to contain their excitement. I know this because recently we reviewed the Poopsie Surprise Unicorn and I’m sure they thought all of their Christmases had come at once. It would seem that slime and unicorns are the perfect combination!

The Poopsie Surprise Unicorn is available at Smyths, The Entertainer and Argos, it’s RRP is £49.99.

 

The Review –

Now as a parent, you can imagine that slime isn’t one of my favourite things! My kids however love it and the Poopsie Surprise Unicorn was no exception. You have to feed the unicorn all of the slime ingredients, using the tools provided. Once the unicorn is full of ‘food’, you put it on the toilet to poop out the slime. Now you understand why my kids love it so much, hey?!

The slime instructions are really easy to follow, and the girls thought feeding the unicorn was great fun. The littlest loved the brightly coloured mane of the unicorn and uses it as a toy, even when it’s not making slime! This set comes with glitter that you can add to the slime, making the ‘poop’ fit for the most glamorous of unicorns! You don’t just get one set of ingredients either, so the kids can make slime until their little hearts are content.

Overall, my girls just loved their Poopsie Surprise Unicorn. They laughed and giggled all the way through making their slime and I’m pretty sure it’s their new favourite toy. If you’re in need of some Christmas inspiration this year then I couldn’t recommend this product enough, it’ll get you some serious brownie points with the littles!

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Autumn Family & Blogging Bucket List 2018

Autumn Family & Blogging Bucket List 2018

I’ve been blogging for a few years now and I’ve noticed that bucket lists are a bit of a thing. I’ve gotten so many brilliant ideas from those I’ve read, but they’re something I’ve never gotten around to writing myself. Over the past few months though the reality of life hit me like a tonne of bricks. Our girls are growing up rapidly before my eyes and so I want to make as many family memories as I possibly can.

That’s why I’ve decided to jump on the bucket list bandwagon. I intend to create a list of must do experiences for every season, that way I won’t forget any ideas and I’ll have a tick list to work my way down as the months go on. I’m also going to keep a blogging bucket list. Over the summer I noticed myself losing sight a little bit, as I was so focused on giving our girls a season to remember. By creating a blogging list too, I hope it will keep my passions alive and ensure that I’m still achieving in my work life as well as in my personal life.

 

Our Autumn family bucket list –

  • Take a trip to the Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes.
  • Take our girls pumpkin picking and create some spectacular pumpkin designs!
  • Book a 5th wedding anniversary spa day for myself and Hubs.
  • Head out for some yummy food as a family for my birthday in November.
  • Take the girls on a half term holiday!

I know there’ll be days out and other fun things that I haven’t planned. Even if we only manage to achieve what’s on this list, I know it’ll make for another great season for our girls to remember.

My Autumn blogging bucket list –

Blogging has evolved so much over the last few years, things have changed immeasurably in the relatively short time I’ve been part of the community. For that reason I think it’s important to step back and take stock of where you are every once in a while. So after a serious blogging brainstorm, here’s what I’d love to achieve this season;

  • Spend time developing the quality of my video content and on developing my YouTube channel.
  • I’m a huge fan of Instagram, but I don’t feel like I use stories enough. So, I’m going to aim to share more of our daily life through Instagram Stories.
  • Spend more time thinking about content that I love. Use my platforms to share this content, rather than worrying about and comparing myself and my work to other bloggers.

 

I’m feeling hugely positive about what life and work has to offer this season, let me at it!

 

 

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Learning to Drive – Why Getting Behind the Wheel Early is a Good Thing

Learning to Drive – Why Getting Behind the Wheel Early is a Good Thing

*This post was written in collaboration with TrackDays.

 

Ever since I was old enough to understand the concept of driving, I’ve couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel. With parents who have always been interested in cars and two brothers who could drive as soon as their feet could touch the pedals, it was inevitable that I would follow suit. The trouble when I was an early teen, was that there were very few places where I could gain driving experience. It just wasn’t a thing then, so I had to wait until I was old enough to get my provisional license, before I could really get to grips with a car.

As soon as my license came through, I stuck the ‘L’ plates on and was away! My parents sat by my side in the car for hours as I learnt the ropes. In the end I passed my test around three months after my 17th birthday, as I was so determined to get on the road. Even though I had a few hours of lessons from a professional driving instructor, I really believe that it was the hours I spent driving my own car that gave me such confidence on the road.

Getting behind the wheel early –

I know that I would have loved to have driven a car as a teenager, so when I found out about Junior Driving Experiences, I had to write about it. It would have been an absolute dream for me, so I know others would love to have the chance to begin driving sooner than their 17th birthday too. Whether driving is just a means to an end for a person or whether it’s a passion, there are so many benefits to learning to drive as soon as possible. Driving brings independence, freedom and prospects that every person needs in their life.

The benefits of learning to drive –

You’re ready – even if you don’t intend to take your test any time soon, learning to drive sooner rather than later will mean you are ready. You won’t have to worry about learning a new skill at an older age, because you’ll already know what to do. Forewarned is forearmed as they say and it’s always good to feel like you’re one step ahead.

It’s a lifelong skill and one that you will most likely cherish – now we all know people who don’t drive, who actually wish that they could. Don’t put yourself in this situation, you’ll only regret if you don’t do it!

Driving could widen your career prospects – even if you’re too young to have chosen a career at this time, having driving experience can only be a good thing. Imagine how much easier every work situation would be if you’re able to drive!

The longer you leave it, the less likely you are to learn how to drive. So start early and get comfortable with driving now, you won’t regret it and you’ll have heaps of fun along the way! 

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The CBBC Summer Social – Review

The CBBC Summer Social – Review

*We were provided with a family ticket for the purpose of this review, as always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

After being invited to the CBBC Summer Social this year, I was a little dubious as to whether it would suit our girls at their young ages. Festivals are something that we have wanted to try out since having children, but doing it at the right age so everyone enjoyed themselves was a must for us. After speaking with the CBBC Summer Social team though, I was assured that there would be plenty for our girls to enjoy. It was clear that they were going to have a blast and so we prepared ourselves for our first ever family festival!

This years Summer Social was held at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool. A beautiful old building with amazing grounds, ideal for this kind of event. As I’d never been to Liverpool before and because I’m a bit of a Beatles fan, we decided to book ourselves into a hotel and make a mini break out of it. The first day saw us visit Paul McCartney’s childhood home and we had a walk down Penny Lane, I was in my element!

 

The CBBC Summer Social –

When we arrived at the CBBC Summer Social, the gathering crowds were a clear indicator that we were in for a good day. Right from the word go, there was something for the girls to see and do. From fairground rides, to story time and street bands. Entertainment literally was all around us and the girls just didn’t know where to look first!

 

 

Attractions we loved;

The Clangers Garden – This was huge hit with both of our children. Inside the walled garden there were life-sized Clangers hiding around every corner. There were crafts for the girls to get involved in and there was also the chance for them to water some of the pretty flowers planted in the garden. This was great full for all!

 

 

The Main Stage – the highlight of our day was by far the chance the girls had to see Mr Tumble, on the main stage. They loved every second of his performance and I take my hat of to the guy because he never faltered, even though we were in the middle of the heat wave of 2018!

Hubs and I were very impressed with The Philharmonic Orchestra too, they were amazing to see live!

The CBeebies Village – this part of the festival was a great addition for the younger fans. Our girls loved seeing Mr Bloom in real life and his set was very entertaining for them. They also loved seeing the Go Jetters, which is a firm favourite in our house at breakfast time!

The Fairground – as this was the first time our girls had been to a fair, they were very excited! We took them on the ‘cranky horses’ and the smiles on their faces just said it all! The only downside to this was that there were extra charges for the rides, which for a family of four could make the day extra expensive considering the original ticket cost to attend the festival.

 

 

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – these guys were an incredible marching and dancing band! They walked around the festival performing at regular intervals throughout the day and they attracted a huge crowd each time! Hubs, the kids and I were so impressed with their performances!

Overall, we had a great day out at the CBBC Summer Social. With the exception of the cost of the fairground rides, the day was perfect and we all left with huge smiles on our faces! Thankyou at CBBC for the best, first festival!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Day Out with Kiddylicious – LEGOLAND Windsor

A Day Out with Kiddylicious – LEGOLAND Windsor

*We were provided with two Kiddylicious snack boxes and entry to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort for the purpose of this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

Ever since our girls were born, Kiddylicious meals and snacks have been a staple in our house. They make tasty, healthy and nutritious snacks that both of our kids still absolutely love. So when we were invited to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort for a day out with Kiddylicious, I knew they’d have an absolute blast with lots of yummy foods to keep fuelled up along the way!

 

 

I’ve heard such good reports about LEGOLAND, but until this trip we’d never had the chance to visit. Our girls have been into LEGO for some time now, so they knew straight away what the park is centred around. One of the attractions we were most looking forward to, was the digital LEGO Reef that’s been added new to the park for the 2018 season. It’s a floor to ceiling interactive reef, that allows the kids to create their own personalised virtual fish, which they can they see projected onto the big screen! Not only that, there are ‘feed me‘ buttons dotted around so they can feed their pet fish too! We were also looking forward to visiting Miniland, as there are new landmarks to see including; the USA, India, Russia, Australia and China.

 

 

Getting to LEGOLAND Windsor –

As we are Midlands based, LEGOLAND is a couple of hours drive away from us. Our girls usually travel quite well and thanks to Kiddylicious, they had a bowl of Little Bistro Oaty Porridge before we set of to keep them going on the journey. The porridge went down a storm! It’s full of flavour and really filling, as well as being suitable for children with or without a dairy allergy. Once they’d eaten up, they were mega excited to jump in the car and get going!

 

 

En route to LEGOLAND, I decided to download the official park app as I’d heard such great things about it. I like to plan our days out so that we can make the most of them and the LEGOLAND app is ideal to help you find your way around the park. It has a resort map as well as ride information and live queue times, so you know what rides are suitable for the kids to go on. The queue times were really accurate and super helpful when we planned where we were going next. We found it useful to join the longer lines when the kids were getting ready for a snack. That way they didn’t realise they were waiting, as they were so occupied with what Kiddylicious had sent them to munch on. Their favourite queue snacks were by far the Coconut Rolls, they’re dairy, gluten and nut free. They’re portion controlled and an easy ‘grab’ snack!

 

 

Picnic time –

LEGOLAND has many designated picnic areas where you can take time to rest and enjoy your lunch. As we went on one of the hottest days of the year, we found a nice shady spot and the girls delved into their Kiddylicious lunch boxes! They really enjoyed the Cheesy Stars and hubs and I were impressed when we read that 6 pence from every pack sold is donated to Make-A-Wish-UK. A charity that supports children and young people living with life threatening conditions. They were taken with the Biscotti too, in fact we’ve had to stock up on these since we arrived home!

 

 

After we’d enjoyed out picnic, the girls decided they wanted to go on the Fairy Tale Brook ride. They were completely in awe as the boats took us om a journey around all of their favourite fairy tale scenes. Fairy Tale Brook was a huge hit and I would highly recommend it if you have smaller children in tow!

 

 

Home time –

After a very tiring but very enjoyable day, it was time to head back to the car and drive home. As you can imagine, both girls were asleep withing 5 minutes of leaving the park, all of that fun had completed worn them out! Hubs and I were super tired too, so we were glad that Kiddylicious had sent some of their Little Bistro meals for the kids to have for their dinner. They really enjoyed them and it meant we didn’t have to start cooking when we got back. The Little Bistro meals are handy to have in the house for days like this. They’re microwave friendly, they have no added salt or sugar and they’re a great source of protein. They make super quick, guilt free meals!

 

 

We had such a great day out at LEGOLAND Windsor, thanks to Kiddylicous. There really is something for everyone to enjoy and it’s definitely somewhere we’ll be going back to in the future. We’ll remember to take out Kiddylicious snacks along too, they made the whole day so much easier with two toddlers in tow!

 

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Our Family Holiday at Bluestone Wales

Our Family Holiday at Bluestone Wales

*We were gifted a mid-week break at Bluestone National Park resorts for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

Recently, we were lucky enough to be invited to enjoy a mid-week break at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales. My husband has wanted to holiday at Bluestone for some time now. He’d heard so many good reports from friends and colleagues about the place, so needless to say he was so excited to finally get to stay. Holidaying with two toddlers is never easy, but Bluestone promised so much fun and something to do whatever the weather.  We had high hopes for an extra special family holiday!

Perusing over the Bluestone Wales website before we went, I noticed that there were many activities that we could book before hand. Including hiring bikes and golf buggies for the week. There were also tonnes of activities included in our holiday, such as the Blue Lagoon swimming pool and a large activity centre. As it was our first time, we didn’t know what to expect and so we didn’t book anything beforehand. When we arrived though, we decided that we would hire a golf buggy for the week. The Bluestone site is huge and quite hilly, as much as our girls love to walk sometimes it proved a little too tiring for them. The golf buggy helped us get around the site with ease and our girls thought it was so much fun!

 

 

Free range fun –

The guys at Bluestone are huge believers in free range fun. The landscape and the activities they provide encourage both adults and kids to get outdoors and enjoy being with nature in the fresh air. This kind of holiday is perfect for us as a family, so when we found out that our lodge was right on the edge of the lake, we couldn’t have been happier. The girls loved walking around the lake and into the surrounding woodland each day. I loved waking up to such a beautiful view too!

When the weather is bad, there’s still so much fun to be had at Bluestone. Our girls were fans of the Blue Lagoon swimming pool. It has two smaller pools, including a special baby and toddler area, which is ideal when you have little children. The large pool has a wave machine and a lazy river, so there’s something for everyone. Our girls loved that the lazy river took you outside, especially when the sun was shining!

I was amazed by the activity centre at Bluestone. There’s something for every age group, including mini golf, soft play, a bouncy castle and a climbing wall. There’s a cafe for the adults too, which serves a mean burger if you’re feeling a bit peckish! The weather on our first day was particularly bad, so the activity centre was an absolute god send. The kids had so much fun and were completely worn out. If we’d holidayed anywhere else we’d have been cooped up all day, which with toddlers is almost always a disaster!

 

Idyllic surroundings –

Every which way you turn at Bluestone, you’re met by idyllic surroundings. My favourite part of the site is Camp Smokey! It’s a restaurant down in the woods, just by a stream with a small ford. We went down there one evening when it was quiet and it was just perfect. The kids loved playing in the stream and throwing sticks into the water from the bridge. We found a bench and the girls had their supper surrounded by nature. It was one of those night where the planets aligned and we all felt utterly content.

The village area of Bluestone has two playgrounds for the kids. One for the older children and an area specifically for tots. As our girls are in between ages, they enjoyed both playgrounds thoroughly! There are tree houses with walkways that join the two playgrounds, each tree house has a fun activity in it which were a massive hit with our girls. The village also has a grocery shop, coffee shop, restaurant, spa and a couple of boutique stores. We had lunch in this area a few times over our stay, the girls even enjoyed an ice cream in the sun!

 

Returning to Bluestone –

Bluestone National Park Resort is definitely somewhere we’ll holiday again. It has everything you need for the whole family to enjoy their stay to the full. Next time we stay, I’m determined to book myself into the spa for a little pamper and Hubs would love to go to the shindig down at Camp Smokey. We made some amazing family memories at Bluestone, it’s a holiday that will take some beating!

 

 

Take a sneek peek into life at Bluestone –

 

 

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Half Term Activities with Sheffield Mutual – Easy At Home Projects!

Half Term Activities with Sheffield Mutual – Easy At Home Projects!

As half term was approaching, I was contacted by Sheffield Mutual to find out if we wanted to take part in their school holiday activities campaign. With two very inquisitive girls in the house, I’m always looking for new ways to entertain them, so I think I was as excited to take part as they were!

In our activity box there were so many different things for the girls to be getting on with. There were funky coloured pipe cleaners, pompoms, grow your own grass head, cookie baking and card making. We were spoilt for choice and the kids have enjoyed taking part in all of these projects. Their favourites though were card making and creating a calming glitter jar. I must admit, I’m a little bit in love with the glitter jar too!

Calming Glitter Jar

This one has to come out on top for us and it was super simple to make. All you need is a nice, ornamental jar that seals, clear glue, glitter, food colouring at water.

First of all, fill the jar three-quarters of the way full with water and top the rest up with clear glue. Add the glitter and food colouring, stirring whilst you do so. One you have the preferred colour, seal the jar and shake! Both of our girl love to watch the glitter sparkle in the water, it leaves them completely mesmerised!

Top up the water with clear glue.
Add the glitter and food colouring, stirring as you do.

Card Making

The other activity that our girls really enjoyed was card making. I think they were so into this one, because they decided beforehand who they were making the cards for. They were each sent a pack of blank cards, along with nice felt tips and fancy stickers. The level of concentration throughout this little project was incredible, I’ve never seen them so engrossed in crafts before. Card making will be at the top of our list of things to do on a rainy day from now on. I’m sure the recipients will treasure them too!

*We were sent a half term craft package from Sheffield Mutual for our girls to enjoy over the holiday. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Four Fun Garden Activities for Kids

Four Fun Garden Activities for Kids

This week, 14th – 20th August 2017, marks National Allotments week. When I found out it was coming up, it reminded me of the many hours I used to while away on my Grandfather’s allotment and how much fun I had in the process. As a result I love nothing more than spending the day outdoors in the nice weather, whilst my girls wear themselves out discovering nature. We don’t have a huge outdoor space but we definitely make the most of what we have. Our garden is jam packed our with flowers, toys and a sandpit for the girls to play in! So with that in mind and taking into account our love for the outdoors, here are four fun garden activities to keep your kids entertained this Summer!

Growing Plants

Growing plants is a great way to teach children about nature and for them to have fun! The planting process means they can get messy digging holes in the compost and planting seeds. Then teaching them to look after their plant by watering it and making sure it has enough sunlight gives them responsibility, which they will love. The best part though is seeing their little faces when their plant begins to grow. Growing plants is a great way to teach your children how to nurture another living thing.

Make a Den

Making a den is brilliant fun for kids! You can gather up sticks, leaves and anything else you find lying around to build walls and to make a roof! Making the den is only half of the fun though, once their little house is built they’ll play for hours in and out of their new crib! If you really want to make den building extra special you could take a look at Garden buildings from Lidget Compton. My girls would love their own house in the garden, it’s the perfect parent free zone!

Make a Bug Hotel

Bug hotels are super easy to make. All you have to do is gather up leaves, twigs, bricks and wood – literally anything you find sat unused in your garden. Then piece them all together creating a variety of habitats, with nooks and crannies galore for bugs to hide in. It doesn’t take long for insects and the like to take up residence in their new accommodation, the kids will be fascinated by all the different species that move in!

Homemade Bird Feeders

Homemade bird feeders are a great way to attract many different kinds of birds into your garden. My girls love to see our feathered friends, so making feeders is a firm favourite of theirs. You can use old plastic milk bottles, drinks bottles or even hollowed out fruit such as oranges. All you have to do is fill them with seed, hang them in your garden and watch the birds flock for the goodies you’ve put on offer. They’re fun for the kids to make and it’s amazing to watch the birds enjoy their seed!

What are your favourite outdoor activities?



 

*This is a collaborative post.

 

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Diggerland Yorkshire – A Fun Day Out for all the Family

Diggerland Yorkshire – A Fun Day Out for all the Family

Now that the Summer is upon us, we love nothing more than getting out and exploring. Our girls are at perfectly inquisitive ages and their enthusiasm and excitement when we go out for the day is amazing to see. So recently, when we were offered the opportunity to visit Diggerland in Yorkshire, we just couldn’t say no!

So how did we get on?

On arrival our girls were completely awestruck by the amount of diggers all in one place! There were so many fun things for them to do each way they turned, they didn’t know which way to run first! We’d read on the Diggerland website that they had a new range of Little Tikes play zones which sounded perfect for them, so we decided that’s where we would head to!

As soon as J and E saw the Little Tikes play zone, they couldn’t get in there quick enough. The littlest jumped straight into a cozy coupe and the biggest dived to one of the may water tables that surrounded her.  All of the water tables had different elements, with diggers, flumes, fishing rods and much more. It was a scorcher of a day, so they were a great way to keep the girls cool too!



It took us a while to convince the girls to explore the rest of the site, they were having more than enough fun where they were! With the promise of another visit before we left, we strolled around the rest of the park. There are so many rides to choose from! We were a little restricted due to our eldest daughters height, but at 0.8m this was to be expected. Nevertheless there are more than enough rides to keep children of her age happy. Hubs was in his element as he took her on the diggers to knock down skittles and to hook a duck, it was perfect father and daughter time. They absolutely loved the go carts too!


As well has having the outdoor rides, Diggerland also has an indoor soft play and picnic area. Our girls love soft play, so this was an added bonus and they couldn’t wait to go inside. This area offered the perfect end to our day out, with a bouncy castle to play on too which the kids loved!

Overall, we had a fabulous day out at Diggerland and we’ll definitely be returning. As our girls get older there will be so much more for them to do, as well as all of the activities they enjoyed on this visit! We all left with smiles on our faces and the girls were absolutely shattered, I call that a parenting win – thankyou Diggerland!

 

*We were given entry to Diggerland, Yorkshire in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, 

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