Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Wubble Ball

The Wubble Ball is a huge bubble of a ball. It really does look like a big bubble. 

The wubble ball can be bought with or without a pump, with the pump the RRP is £19.99 and without £9.99 

In the box you get your flat ball, an electric pump which you need 4 x D batteries, which are not included and a tape measure.

At first we had problems pumping it up with the pump that is supplied inside the box so we used a foot pump to start it off and once the ball stretched a bit we switched over to the electric pump to inflate it fully. There is a tape measure included to make sure you don't over inflate it which is good because the ball becomes more fragile when its fully inflated. It needs to be played with in an open space where there are no sharp edges. 

Once inflated we set our ball down ready to take out the following day but for some unknown reason it burst so when the second one arrived we inflated it at the park because it would have been too big too carry there and I didn't want to risk it bursting before the kids had chance to play with it. I think our first one may have had a defect which maybe why we couldn't inflate it very easily.

All 4 children had great fun bouncing it around the park and we didn't inflate it to its full capacity as there was a slight wind and we were worried that the wind would carry it away.

My thoughts on this ball... its a great concept but it needs to be slightly more robust, given the price I wouldn't want to keep replacing it so this is not something you can leave out for the kids to play with as and when, its more of a one time thing that would be great for the beach or for visiting other large open spaces.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Peppa Pig Holiday Sunshine Villa from Character

The Peppa Pig range of toys has extended and there is now a whole range of holiday themed toys, we already have Grandpa Pigs Boat, you can read the review here. My little ones always enjoy playing with Peppa toys and it sparks lots of imaginative play. 

The Sunshine Villa is pretty much the same layout as Peppa's home but obviously with a holiday theme, the accessories differ to that of Peppa's home and there are also 2 characters included in the set along with bunk beds, shower paddling pool and outdoor garden furniture. Here you can see George is enjoying his paddling pool and Peppa is is doing a spot of sun bathing. 
This toy is suitable for ages 3 and above and can be purchased for around £30 from various toy shops. 
As with the layout of the house, the kids have to be careful not to knock the whole thing over as it can go over fairly easily but I have seen them play with this really nicely for ages so its not something that bothers them at all, its probably just me being heavy handed with it. The great thing about this set is that it can all be packed away inside the house and if you close the catch you an carry it all around safely without anything falling out. Its a lovely playset that will bring hours of entertainment. 

We were sent this set for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Grab Yourself a Half Price Voucher For My Colouring Pages

You may or may not have noticed that the blog has been rather quiet recently. Well I decided to follow my heart for once and go back and finish the college course I started 5 years ago. I had lots of reasons at the time to give up and I am a believer in things happening for a reason, it just wasn't the right time before but now I am in a much better position to get things into perspective and act on the things I think will improve our lives. 

Creative is my should be my middle name! You name it I have turned my hand to it creatively, although I guess there are plenty more new things to try still, its just finding the time. How do you decide what exactly it is that you are best at? I love any crafting, sewing, paper crafts, painting, drawing, upcycling furniture, as long as I am being creative, I am happy.  So its the same as my driving, I started lessons a few times but never completed it, I started a graphics course years ago, never completed it, then I went on to do it again and finished it, then I went onto the next level being a HNC and never got past the first term and now I have started it again my determination has surprised me to say the least. I am awful for starting too many things and not getting to finish them. This is a personal trait that frustrates the hell out of me because the sense of achievement for me when I finish something makes me so proud of myself. I have made sure I go to class every week and handed all my work in on time, that's an amazing achievement for me!

So along side my assignments I have been drawing my own colouring pages as I see that the world is going crazy for adult colouring books. This is something that I can use for one of my assignments in my second year and also something I would like to share with my readers. I am selling some of the pages I have already drawn in my Etsy shop but if you are lucky enough to have found this then you can get 50% off your first order by entering the code FIRSTORDER, this offer is for my readers only as a thank you for reading my blog. This can be for as many pages as you wish but will only be valid on your first order.

All of my pages are drawn by hand and then scanned into the computer to create a digital copy that can be downloaded directly from Etsy upon payment completion. 

If you make use of this offer I would really love to see how you coloured your page in so please feel free to email me pictures of them, post them on my facebook page or just tag me and I will share your creativity, with your permission of course.

Thanks for stopping by... 

Lucy x

Mum Of One

Friday, 5 June 2015

I Can't Live Without Mine, Can You?

You are probably wondering what I am talking about, its not my husband or the kids or even the car, although I couldn't live without that now either after only learning to drive just 18 months ago and already having 4 children, to say its been a struggle would be an understatement, but its not that either. I am talking about my dishwasher. I had one a long time ago but not again until my mother-in-law saw what a struggle it was with 6 of us in the house and so we were told to choose one because we shouldn't be without one any more. I am more than grateful to my wonderful in-laws for this present as it has meant that life is a little easier to cope with in our tiny kitchen.  Now the arguments about who is washing up has changed to who is loading and unloading  the dishwasher and the particularly fussy person in the house is always reminding people exactly how it should be loaded. We actually worked this out by just giving specific chores to one person but realy we all muck in and help because it gets things done quicker. So is it worth it? I hear you thinking, well yes, definitely, although washing up by hand doesn't take long, the dishwasher will clean things better than by hand and it dries everything too which means no germs from a tea towel will be on the plates. This is a big selling point for me as is the fact that a dish that has cooked food like casseroles and lasagne in it will be cleaned properly by the dishwasher without the need to use elbow grease and clog the sink up with scraps of food so long as you use decent washing tablets in your machine. Tesco have a huge range of dishwashers available and they are reasonably priced too. Don't forget you can always use your clubcard boost too which will save you even more money. I am not fussed about lots of extra features, as long as it does the job, I am happy but if its something you base your purchase on then Tesco have a great filtering system to help you make your choice.
 Indesit DPG15B1NX, Built In, Partial Integrated, Fullsize Dishwasher, A+ Energy Rating, Inox

How do you do your dishes? What works for your family and do you argue over who does it? Personally I would rather spend 5 minutes rearranging the dishwasher than the 10 seconds it takes to wash the cup that doesn't fit!

This post is in collaboration with Tesco

Monday, 6 April 2015

Going on a Nature Trail With Munch Bunch

Last week we took part in a Twitter chat with the lovely Angellica Bell who is helping to promote the new 30% less sugar fromage frais from Munch Bunch. We talked about nature trails and everyone gave lots of great tips for being out and about with the kids. I thought I would share some of the best tips with you.

  • Find a great location, you might want to be close to home so you could download the Geocaching app onto your phone and go on a treasure hunt, we have done this a couple of times and the kids really love it, we always make sure we take some treasure with us to replace. The app gives you the co-ordinates of a box and sometimes there will be something to write on to give a few details but you don't have to fill it in. The kids find Junk treasure from around the house and replace whatever they take from the box with something else. We have never found an empty box either. The app will remember which ones you have completed too. You might want to go further afield but you could still play the treasure game if you wanted. We recently visited the beach which is also a great place to look at nature, admittedly we spent most of our time throwing stones into the sea but its what the kids wanted to do so we just rolled with it. There is a huge array of things to find at the seaside and the weather is beginning to warm up enough now. Farms, woodlands, lakes, rivers are all places you could go on a nature trail. 
  • Think about how you can incorporate your nature trail into getting the kids learning about where their food comes from, if you visit the farm, you maybe allowed to milk the cows or at least see them being milked. We talk to the kids a lot about food and where it comes from, we want them to know what they are eating and they are quite happy knowing that bacon and ham come from pigs, milk comes from cows and so on.
  • Get the kids to use their senses see what they can smell, hear, feel and see, take some relevant foods with you that they can taste like some Munch Bunch Fromage Frais, strawberries, cheese, milk shake etc. Great foods for snack breaks along your nature trail.
  • If you have older children you can get them to take pictures to make an Instagram collage when they get home or they could even make a video of all the things they find.
  • Remember to pack a bag before you go with things that you might need, a spare change of clothes in case they get wet or muddy, snacks, wipes, antibacterial hand wash is great especially if you are visiting somewhere that has no facilities and a small first aid kit with plasters in as you never know when someone is going to hurt themselves.
  • You could play the alphabet game or adapt this to suit the level of your child. Find things beginning with a certain letter or looking for things of a certain colour or looking for a certain number of the same thing, seeing who can find the most or the biggest or even the smallest. 
  • Play pooh sticks if you are visiting a river and you find a bridge to cross, we love playing this game to see who's stick wins the race under the bridge.
  • Find wild fruits at the right time of year, we go blackberry picking every year and the kids love eating them as we go along and its free, or go to a farm where you can pick your own fruits and you can talk about how fruits and vegetables come into season at different times of the year. 
  • You can plant your own fruit and vegetables at home, this is a great way of teaching the cycle of a plant and how it takes time for the plant to bear fruit or vegetables, how some grow underground and some grow above, some on trees and bushes.
For some more ideas watch the video below featuring Angellica Bell, myself and a lovely blogger friend Alice.

This post is in collaboration with Munch Bunch 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Halo Headband Review

Halo Headbands are designed to keep sweat out of your eyes and off your glasses whilst training, working out or just working hard, they are made from high quality materials within the USA and come in a fantastic array of colours.
The UK website has a full range of products, the headbands I have for review are The Halo ll and the Halo hairband.
The Halo ll has 2 thin layers that can be worn alone or under a hat or helmet, it really does stop the sweat. I have been growing my hair out from a very short style too and I find normal fashion headbands don't stay in place and it can be really annoying but the Halo stayed exactly where I put it for the whole time when I go out running. They are priced at £12.95 and worth every penny, especially if you are someone who sweats a lot. 
The Halo hair band is my favourite one of the 2, it also stays in place really well and I love the colours they come in. It also absorbs any sweat really well and it means my growing hair that won't go into a ponytail will not be blowing in my face when its windy. It also comes in a big variety of colours so you are bound to find one that matches your clothes. These ones are priced at £9.95. It has an elastic part around the back so it should fit any sized head. They also come in two different width sizes so if you prefer a thinner less obvious one then this is possible too.

We were sent these products for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.

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