Drumond Parks King Pong Review & Giveaway

 

We were extremely excited when asked if we would like to try out the brand new and exciting table top game King Pong from Drumond Park and even more excited when it arrived. In fact it didn’t stay in the box very long at all. Once the younger children were in bed it was game on!

So What is King Pong?

King Pong is a fantastic new game designed for families from ages 8 – Adult. Everyone has different coloured balls and the idea of the game is simply to get rid of all of your balls in your try by getting them into the cube. However, whilst playing the other players balls can land into your tray. The winner is the person who empties their tray first.

This game is incredibly addictive and we played it for hours. As there were 5 of us playing and only 4 spaces we would play until only one player was left and they would then sit out of the next game.

I actually found the game a fantastic way to get everyone moving because the balls most definitely don’t stay on the table and you could quite often hear “ The yellow ball on the floor is mine” We are quite a competitive family so it was great to see everyone trying their best to win!

What did we think?

When the box arrived we were immediately drawn to the colourful and exciting packaging and couldn’t wait to see what we were supposed to do. Gareth opened the box and discovered that we would need to put the game together. He managed to do this very quickly and in fact after the first time even Annabelle was able to put it together herself if she wanted to play.

One of our favourite things to do is to have a family game night so this is the perfect game for those times. Everyone was super excited and I can honestly say from Annabelle (8) To myself (35) there was a lot of laughing and fun giggles. Even Ellie who is a sluggish stroppy pre-teen managed to drag herself away from her phone and the sofa to get involved. She couldn’t resist enjoying herself with the rest of us.

Would we recommend the game?

YES!! Without a shadow of a doubt this is the best game we have played for a very long time. I love the fact that it is not only exciting but it’s also quite an active game so everyone is moving around. I would recommend playing it in an area with quite a lot of space because those little ping-pong balls can bounce everywhere. Oh yes and be prepared to be sweaty from running around!  This game gets an incredible 10 out of 10 from us.

If I HAD to find a criticism it would be that there is nowhere to put the balls when you pack the game away. When it arrives they come in a plastic bag and it would be nice if there was a little drawstring bag or something to place the balls in to stop them becoming lost.

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My Baby is a Big Girl 1 – And she’s more interested in balloons

Every year I go through the same inner turmoil. Have I been to stingy and not bought them enough for their birthdays? I sit and look at the small pile of presents and then I naturally compare it to what other people have bought their babies. Continue reading “My Baby is a Big Girl 1 – And she’s more interested in balloons”

We’re still here!

I just thought I’d write a little post just to let you know that we are still very much around it has just been incredibly busy with the school holidays As we aren’t able to do much due to lack of funds and transport we have been trying to find ways to entertain all of the kids without it costing us a fortune.

I’d highly recommend the rocks thing if you haven’t already done it. Around where we live there is a craze called Shropshire Rocks and basically you paint rocks and then hide them for other people to find, they then post a photograph on FB before re-hiding it. You can also just go out hunting for rocks. This has taken up loads of our time this week and we’ve actually spent loads of time as a family out and about. As well as being out in the fresh air it’s also helped with our health kick.

Bethie had a birthday barbecue

We went to my brothers yesterday to celebrate Bethie’s birthday. On Tuesday 29th she turns 1 and I am absolutely devastated! It’s going so quickly and I really wanted her to stay a baby for as long as possible but seen as I don’t have a time machine I decided we should probably celebrate. My brother has a bar in his garden so we spent the afternoon enjoying a healthy barbecue and drinks. ( I had spent the morning making food that was suitable for my diet so I could still enjoy but be healthy at the same time)

My sister-in-law made her a gorgeous chocolate cake ( not so good for the diet) and she thoroughly enjoyed getting tucked in.

I will write about her birthday and how it went on Tuesday. Oh I almost forgot she has started standing up!!! She did it for the first time yesterday without holding anything and today she stood and had a little dance.

The big uns have joined the gym

Both the elder 2 have joined the gym. Where we live they have this great thing called NRGize which is gym sessions for 11- 16 year olds and they had their first week this week. To begin with Ellie wasn’t so sure about if she would enjoy it or not but by the end of the week she was loving it.  I think she felt a little overshadowed by the girls who went who appear to be quite a bit older than she is but she seems to be enjoying it now.

Harry has made us incredibly proud, his determination is really admirable. Harry had a rough time in his old school and has had a few problems at this school so it’s nice to see that he is determined not to be knocked down and stay down. I have a very good feeling that in 6 months time Harry will be a totally different child to the one he is today and will have bags more confidence.

Annabelle has exciting news.

I can’t say anything yet purely because I don’t know if I am allowed to or not but she is appearing to do very well at something we may have coming up so watch this space!

Freddie’s Potty Training

Freddie is doing super fantastic at his potty training. We had to stop for a couple of days as he had a bad tummy but he’s now back at it and has only had one accident today and that was purely because I was out and Gareth was busy so didn’t manage to get him on the toilet in time. He was a very good boy though and tried to sort it himself and put his seat on the toilet etc. He just wasn’t quite big enough.

 

Gareth and I

We are doing good. I think spending a lot of time as a family has helped us. I very nearly ended up on ITV’s This Morning but as I was due to go on Bruce Forsyth died so they had to make the show about that.  Sad news but the guy had an amazing career and brightened up many lives.

 

I think that’s all the news I have for now. My posts will be more regular once the kiddies go back to school and I’m not busy trying to make memories.

Thank you for reading

 

Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre Review

I was on the hunt for birthday gift ideas for Annabelle when I was offered the opportunity for her to try out the Sylvanian Families Ballet Theatre. I jumped at the chance as at the moment we are in a bit of a battle with Annabelle where she is constantly with a TV remote or one of her older siblings phones in her hand and she rarely plays. The opportunity for her to try something that has been around since I was a little girl was something I didn’t want to pass by.

 

First Impressions

Our first impression of the ballet theatre was the fact that it was so big! I’m not entirely sure what we were expecting but we wasn’t expecting such a large box. We were very pleasantly surprised.  Everything about the theatre was fantastic for opening up a world of imagination. Annabelle is a fan of all things that require a stage herself so having this play set where she could pretend was perfect.

The details

The attention to detail on the theatre is fantastic. The backstage area has a large mirror where Freya can check her outfit before the show or even just have a little pose. The main stage has a rotating floor so you can place your Sylvanian Family member on it and watch them dance and twirl as you turn it.

Annabelle was very excited when she discovered that she could play music whilst the rabbit danced away. You can also attach your own music via an audio cable ( not included)

My Personal Thoughts

I thought this toy was absolutely perfect for Annabelle’s age, she has just turn 8 years old and she had a great time playing with it. She really enjoyed making up her own stories and shows with Freya. It made a lovely change to see my daughter actually sitting there and playing like the little girl she is instead of being glued to YouTube videos or something to do with technology.

I actually think it’s quite sad that our children no longer seem to know how to play. Toys like Sylvanian Families are proof that there are still good toys out there that will stir up our children’s imaginations and that they are still able to play they just need a little push in the right direction.

The ballet theatre was a massive hit in our house, In fact it went down so well that when Annabelle went to the toilet her little brother Freddie couldn’t wait to give it a go himself.

Are there any down sides?

As with everything there are things some people will love and others not so much. Annabelle mentioned that the curtains were getting in the way sometimes as she played but other than that there wasn’t a single thing she disliked about it.

Would I recommend it?

Without a shadow of a doubt. If like me you have a child that seems to have lost the ability to play then this toy really does encourage them to be children. In a world where they are growing up so fast its nice to see that they can still be our babies from time to time.

Annabelle will be getting more of these sets in future.

 

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Back to School – Uniforms – So expensive yet you get no choice!!!

School uniforms these days are so expensive especially now there are no longer bog standard schools around and everything seems to have been turned into an academy. Long gone are the days where you could buy cheap uniforms from supermarkets. Asda, Tesco and Aldi all do great uniforms and I mean yes they are still available the only problem is once your child hits secondary school they are no long allowed to wear it!

Is it unfair to expect parents to pay so much?

I understand that uniforms are there for a reason, they are designed so that everyone looks smart and they help prevent bullying for students whose parents maybe can’t afford the latest designer wear, but this doesn’t quite work when they become so expensive that parents are now trying to get as much use out of them as possible meaning that children are wearing clothes that are too small or tatty looking.

My children’s school have gone even further in the fact that they have managed to prevent you from being able to pass down the uniform to siblings. How you may ask? Because their P.E Kits have to be embroidered with their initials on meaning that they can’t be passed on unless your child has the same initials as their sibling.

Ellies P.E kit got stolen just before they broke up for the holiday. I was and still am more than a little peeved about this as they were quite new to the school and the uniform was only a few months old not only that but now I have to fork out again for a new P.E kit. As I mentioned above at their school the uniform has to be embroidered so I can’t even get away with getting her a replacement from somewhere cheaper.

Here is an example just of her P.E Kit, not forgetting her blazer, jumper, shirt, trousers, bag, stationary, shoes, coat , trainers.

P.E T-shirt – £17.50

P.E Shorts – £15.95

P.E Skort – £22.95 ( A SKORT!!! I CAN BUY A WHOLE NEW OUTFIT FOR THAT!)

That is the very basic of a P.E Kit they also have fleeces, joggers, socks.

Why do I feel its unfair?

I don’t think that its unfair children have to wear uniforms. I think they look smart and I can see why there is a school uniform however I don’t agree with the fact that it is so expensive. If I was in a position where I couldn’t afford to buy my daughter or son a blazer for example, My child would then be punished with a detention even though it was no fault of their own. For some children the meal they get at school is the only hot meal they get because people are becoming too poor.

Imagine how much those same parents struggle to get the uniform money together. Now I know there will be some of you out there with the whole “Shouldn’t have kids if you can’t afford them” attitude but situations change and as hard as you try to plan for the future you can’t guarantee whats ahead and everything can suddenly change. When Harry was born I was working in a high paid job, married to his dad who also had a very good job and we were comfortable. I couldn’t foresee the health issues and marriage breakdown that would follow. Not everyone who is at home and not in work is lazy some have very valid reasons for it.

Schools keep your uniforms but for everyone’s sake lower the cost or be a bit more lenient on what you accept.

 

Out in the fresh air joining in with the new craze “Shropshire Rocks”

If you’re local to where I live you may well have heard all about the latest craze “Shropshire Rocks” The idea is that you paint some rocks in any way that you like then take them out and about and hide them for other people to find them. On the back of the rocks is a short message asking whoever finds it to take a picture and add it to the Facebook Group Shropshire Rocks. If you go out searching for rocks and find any you take a picture post it to the group then you can either re-hide it or you can keep it.

 

Our adventure

As it’s the school holidays and we currently have no car ( please if there’s a fairy anywhere with a supply of cars send one my way! ) We are always on the look out for fun things to do with the kids that aren’t going to cost us the earth. With 7 of us, a simple trip to a soft play can end up costing us a fortune so we are always eager to hear of new fun things we can do that don’t cost the earth. You can imagine how excited we were when we read all about Shropshire Rocks and the idea behind it. A lady called Rachel had seen it successfully done elsewhere and decided to start a group up locally.

We had decided that we would go hunting for rocks, just as we walked out of the door it started raining but I was determined that we would be going and doing something productive today so we swapped the prams over to the double that had a raincover and we set off on our little adventure. Freddie absolutely loves it if we say we are going on an adventure (a long walk) and he was even more excited because he had some nice new blue wellies so could splash in the puddles.

Where were all the rocks??!

We walked around a local wooded area, past the ducks and along the muddy path. I won’t lie after walking for around half an hour I was getting a little worried that we weren’t going to find anything. The kids searched high and low but we couldn’t see any rocks at all. I had followed the group closely so knew that plenty of people were out there joining in but it looked like we had stumbled on an area where nobody was taking part.

Phew we found some

Just as I was about to give up all hope that we were going to find any Harry shouted that he had found one. The back had writing stating that it had been left by someone called Sally and we took a picture to post on the group. This was the start of us finding quite a few each time one was found the kids had their picture taken then we re-hid them.

Fun, Free and Exciting

We honestly had a fantastic afternoon, We walked for a good 2 maybe 3 hours, I even completed my steps for the day on my Fitbit which will do me wonders on my fitness journey ( You can read my fitness journey over on MOFM Health Kick)  It didn’t cost us a penny, nobody was on technology, everyone was running and searching, We were all very excited when we found something and on our way home we picked up some rocks to decorate ourselves ready to go out and hide tomorrow. If there isn’t something like this in your area then start it! Or if there is join in. Don’t worry if you’re not the worlds biggest artist, I’ve seen today from my children that they are so excited to find the rock that if it has something fancy it adds to the excitement but they are just as excited about the fact someone has hidden it and they have found it.

Give it a go!

 

 

Christmas Traditions – What are yours?

Christmas is fast approaching and if you are a keen follower of my blog or know me personally you will know that I am completely and utterly Christmas obsessed, some people would even say I live and breathe Christmas ( though I haven’t quite got to the point of leaving my decorations up all year round just yet!)  I was thinking about our little traditions and was wondering what do YOU do for your christmas tradition?

Our Traditions

Every single year without fail our Christmas Eve has a series of events that we follow. If we have a car then we take a journey to Haughton Village to see their Christmas lights. Haughton is around half an hour from our home and the whole little village decorate their houses with incredible lights and things to see all whilst collecting for charity. The kids absolutely love watching all the lights and animations and ever single year it just gets better and better.

We then come home where there is always 1 present each and ever single year it is brand new pj’s. Everyone has a bath and gets into their new pj’s then we sprinkle reindeer food outside to show the reindeer where to go before hanging up Santa’s key and heading back inside. We sit and watch a Christmas film ( usually whichever one is highlighted that year) with hot chocolate with squirty cream and marshmallows.

Tracking Santa on Norad Santa tracker is an absolute must and we do this from it starts until he hits the UK ( yes even when the kids have gone to bed , what can I say I’m a child)

For us Xmas Eve is more exciting than Christmas day as it’s all about the magic and excitement and build up. We LOVE IT!!!!

Christmas morning the children wake up to a parcel at the end of their beds and every year is colouring book and felt tips. This is something I intend on carrying on until I’m no longer around so they could be 30 and married and I will make sure that they somehow still get their colouring books and pens!

We also get visitors in the form of elves who get up to mischief every year and its very exciting waking up during the days of December to see what they’ve been up to.

My Blogging Friends Shared Their Traditions

Rebecca from I Always Believe in Futures – “We always let Jack choose and buy a new decoration for the tree. We will be doing the same with Olivia now too”

Katy from Katy Kicker –  “We always put the star on the Christmas tree together – the three of us!”

Kerry from Kerry Louise Norris – “We always take a night-time drive with hot chocolate in flasks and look at everyone’s outdoor lights ”

Erica from The Incidental Parent – “I insist on watching A Muppets Christmas Carol while we decorate the tree”

Emma from Our FairyTale Adventure –  “We always have a Christmas Eve buffet / picnic on a blanket, while watching a Christmas movie. We normally eat incredibly well, so the boys have a field day with lots of pizza, fish fingers, chicken nuggets, chips and chocolate. We do at least attempt to balance it though and add a bowl of fruit in as well. We also make a point of doing a charitable act in the lead up to Christmas, last year we did Christmas shoeboxes”

Nadine from Then I Became Mum – “We always buy a new bauble for the tree and we put snacks out for Santa and his reindeer, even as a childless adult (luckily I have my little one now so I don’t look so crazy!)”

Eileen from 2 Nerds & A Baby – “We do the same opening pyjamas on Christmas Eve, there’s always small presents in a stocking and a mandarin to make sure we ate something before the madness. My dad used to tape the door shut so we couldn’t sneak in to open presents”

Tracey from Pack the PJs –   “Every year, on the evening of the day the children break off from school, we pile in to the car (dogs as well) and head off on an ‘adventure’. One year it was a road trip to Germany in the quest to find a genuine Black Forest Gateaux. One year it was to visit as many Christmas Markets as we could. Last year it was to make a snowman in Chamonix, France and this year – well, we tend to decide last-minute. We head back to the UK on Christmas Eve, ready for the festivities to kick in. I hate the build up to Christmas – so many adverts trying to convince you to buy items you don’t need – so we go away and chill out/have fun instead!”

Lianne from Anklebiters Adventures – “Go on a boxing day walk up the mountain and come back and have turkey curry and watch Xmas movies ”

Collette from Truly Madly Cuckoo – “We walk around the town where we live to look at the Christmas lights, have a hot chocolate and come home to open a Christmas Eve hamper. We then order takeaway of choice and watch a Christmas movie.”

Sarah from Whimsical Mumblings – “We get our whole family together on Christmas Eve. Aunties, Uncles, Cousins and have a big party and exchange presents. Then on Christmas Day it’s just our little family at home.”

Lisa from Mummy Gummie – “Going to pick a Christmas tree together, stockings at the end of the bed/outside bedroom door in the morning of course with obligatory clementine in the bottom too! We always have ‘Santa’ presents for first thing in the morning and then the rest of the presents after lunch to space it out. Buck’s Fizz first drink of the day! Christmas breakfast of smoked salmon, scrambled egg and croissants”

Jessica from Beauties and the Bibs – “We always go to my friends moms house and she makes roast pork sandwiches with stuffing and gravy”

Jade from Mummies Waiting – “We read the same Christmas story on Christmas Eve. My mum read it to me and my sister every year since we were born and now me and my sister read it to our kids every year. It’s Judith and Jed, 2 mice who are hungry.”

Kerry from Kerry Shaw Mummy of Four – “We always go on a steam train on Christmas Eve, the kids get a gift from santa and the adults have sherry. We come home to open the Christmas Eve boxes that the elves have left under our tree, put on our new pyjama’s and watch a Christmas film before the big day”

Lucy from Momma Mack -” We aren’t allowed to go downstairs to see our present until everyone is awake and then we have to go downstairs in age order, youngest first. There are now 16 of us that do this in one house ”

Suzanne from Meandering Wild – “We go to our local beach whatever the weather, put glow sticks on the kids and dogs and walk along the dark beach to town for a chip supper, then back to a warm fire, hot chocolate and marshmallows.”

Emma from Emma Reed – “My son was born on Christmas Day 2013 so our day is now very different! We spend the morning celebrating his birthday and doing his presents and then the afternoon is about Christmas. I think if anyone has a birthday on this day you need to get the balance just right.”

Emma from Ready Freddie Go –  “My husband and his family always have pork pie and mustard for breakfast and so that’s what we do now too!”

Jo from Mummy Needs Wine –  “We always have Buck’s Fizz on Christmas morning and whatever festive film is on the tv at the time”

Vikki from Family Travel with Ellie – “We have Christmas Eve boxes that our Elf on the Shelf leaves for them on Christmas Eve – inside they have Christmassy PJ’s, a Christmas film and popcorn/candy. That’s Christmas Eve evening sorted . ”

I have absolutely loved diving into other peoples traditions, some of them are so cute!! Thank you for sharing them with me… What’s your tradition? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

Trying to find time as a couple pointless during the school holidays?

As you will know if you follow the blog Gareth and I have had problems recently and we are trying our best to work through them. One thing we really struggle with is getting quality time together. Just the two of us without any children around and this is even more difficult now the children are getting older ( we can’t throw a 13-year-old to bed at 7pm )  The is even harder during the school holidays, we can’t even use the excuse of school the next morning to lure them to their bedrooms.

Date night? What’s one of those?

We had arranged a date night this week Gareth had asked his mum to babysit, We even knew where we were going and what we were doing. Gareth has never been to Jenko’s and after reading my review he wanted to try it out for himself. So it was all set, Wednesday evening we were going to go out just the two of us and enjoy some time in each others companies. What could possibly go wrong?

SCHOOL BLOOMIN UNIFORMS that’s what. With 4 children at school age , 2 in secondary school, 1 in primary school and 1 in nursery buying uniforms is no simple task. So by the time I’d bought half of the uniforms ( yes only half the other half will have to wait another week) There was no money left over for us to go out. Queue Gareth cancelling his mum and us doing nothing.

It was OK though we decided that we would have a date night in the house instead only that didn’t happen either because we ended up in the back garden with the kids doing exercises and skipping. If you aren’t aware I have started a new mission to lose weight and get healthier so last night was spent exercising. It’s OK though because we said we would do it tonight instead. It is already 10PM , It isn’t looking promising!

Spending time is important

I think we all forget that we aren’t just parents we are partners and people too and spending time alone is very important for a relationship so I WILL re-arrange our date night and we will go , it may just mean that we have to wait until the kids are all 18……

Persil Powergems Review & Giveaway

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Crafted with the utmost care and precision and with over 20 patents, Persil Powergems has undergone rigorous testing to ensure your clothes are cared for with extraordinary power. Whether it’s jam, chocolate, make-up stains or a splash of mud, the Powergems remove stains, care for and freshen your favourite clothes like never before.

 

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So what did we think?

I was very excited to be asked to try out these new Persil Powergems as I am forever trying to find the perfect washing powders, liquids etc for my washing. I always seem to find when I go round to other peoples houses I can smell their washing and I am forever asking them what they use to try to get the same senses when my own washing is on.

As soon as they arrived the first thing I did was unscrew the lid and sniff them! I mean who doesn’t sniff their washing stuff right? It smelt absolutely amazing but it’s one thing smelling nice in a bottle or tub and another thing making your washing smell the same and making sure that its clean.

I eagerly whacked it in the machine and waited to see what happened. I can honestly say my whites remained VERY white and the smell that came out of my machine was beautiful. All of my clothes not only looked clean ( that’s a mission in itself as I have a baby ) but they also smelt great.

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She’s almost one and I’m not ready!

So today is the 17th August which can only mean one thing…. Bethie is one in less than 2 weeks. I am not ready for this! It only feels like she entered the world yesterday. How can she possibly be turning one.

How shes changed

Bethie was a very content baby and never really caused many problems . We quite often heard and still hear the words ” bet you’ve got your hands full” Well the truth is no we don’t. We are very lucky in the fact that our children are all incredibly well-behaved so adding Bethie truly didn’t make it any more crazy than it already is.

She slept well from pretty much straight away and the only time we ever actually had her moaning was when she was teething or when she was poorly in hospital.

She’s not quiet now

She is a complete and utter character, I wasn’t expecting her to be as bubbly and outgoing as she is because when she was a baby she didn’t really like anybody apart from her mummy. Now she loves to babble away to people. Her favourite thing in the world is music. She has taught herself how to play the recorder and when certain songs come on the radio she has a full-blown party of her own. Puts her fingers in the air and dances.

I love that she has taken on her big sister Annabelle’s positive attitude, she rarely cries or moans. She possibly only ever moans when she is either tired or hungry the rest of the time she’s happy and smiling but do you know what she will not laugh!! No matter how hard we try we can’t get her to proper belly giggle. It can be done because we have seen her chuckle her head off when she kicked her Daddy in the balls but we’ve not seen it since.

I don’t want her to grow up!

I know its very selfish of me but I don’t care she is my 5th and final baby and I really don’t want her to grow up ( before anyone says “yeah you said Freddie was the last” I’ve had an operation this time to stop it happening 😛 ) I adore the fact that Bethie is my complete and utter mummies girl. I’m the only person in the world who gets big snuggles before bedtime, she doesn’t give them to daddy but I only have to look at her big brothers and sisters to see that all too soon she will be there all grown up doing her own thing. She’s just started cruising the furniture. It won’t be long before she’s off.

SLOW DOWN PRINCESS BETHIE!!!!