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Family Game Night- Quick thinking with Think Words

We have been enjoying our family games nights again the last few weekends and last week tried out Think Words by John Adams.

This game is aimed at age 8 plus but we all had lots of fun playing it together and whilst Lottie needed a few more seconds she didn’t find it too difficult most of the time.

In the Think Words box is 80 cards and a spinner with all the instructions you need. You get  a choice of 7 different versions to play so this can keep you busy for ages! Each card has a large letter on one side and four different coloured categories on the other. We started off with the straightforward game of putting 8 letter cards around the spinner and taking turns to spin it, the first person got the colour and everyone had to try and think of a word for that letter from the colour category that it matched- if you were the first one to shout it out then you got to win that letter, at the end of the game the person who had the most letters was the winner.

We liked the fact there were so many different ways to play and that you could also make your own rules as well. Lottie did find a few of the categories a bit hard but I think the age rating of 8 is about right.

Think Words is a good game to take away with you too as it packs up small, we took it to our friends at Christmas which was fun- we liked that you could play it just as well with 2 players as you could 8- although it turns out it is perhaps best not to make up your own rules with 8 people as it can lead to arguments! Even with a bit of bickering this the game was really funny especially when you were trying desperately to think of an answer really quickly.

The only little slightly bad thing we found with this game is that it doesn’t store very well in the box (it’s got a cut out bit to display the cards) and we had to find a different little box to store it in nothing too bad but worth being aware of so you don’t loose your cards!

I am looking forward to playing with some other friends after school next week- although I will steer clear of making up my own rules so we are all still friends at the end of it!

Disclaimer: We were sent the Think Words Game to review but all thoughts are our own.

 

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My Favourite Things – Luke age 10

One of the things I have really liked about blogging is seeing how much I have changed over the last few years and what I used to like when I was younger compared to what I like now. So here are some of my favourite things at the moment, just after my 10th birthday, I wonder which of them will still be the same next year!

My favourite film-

Star Wars The Last Jedi

My Favourite Food

My favourite food is spaghetti bolognaise or homemade chocolate mousse

My Favourite Television Programme

The Grand Tour

My Favourite Board Game

Chess

Favourite Author

Abi Elphinstone and JK Rowling

My Favourite book-

The Night Spinner by Abi Elphinstone or anything by Roald Dahl

My Favourite computer game-

Fifa

My Favourite Chocolate

Terry’s chocolate orange

My Favourite Sport-

Hockey and Karting

My Favourite collectible

Match Attax

 

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Family Game Night- Fun with Telestrations

Now that Christmas is over we have started up our family games night again on a Saturday evening, We make sure we have plenty of snacks and drinks ready and get set up for a fun night. The other week we played Telestrations by John Adams for the first time. I had seen the adverts for it and thought it looked fun so was excited to give it a go. Initially the instructions seemed a little bit complicated but we soon got to grips with it and were drawing our pictures and passing our books on over and over again and it was actually really easy.

Telestrations is for age 8 plus so we added a bit of extra time for Lottie to do her drawings because she is younger and we let her pick the colour topic for the drawings as some were a bit complicated for her to understand but otherwise just got on with it.

 

You pick a colour on the card and everyone writes that word on the first page of their book (they have already put their name in it) and then you set the timer and begin drawing the word. When the timer rings you pass your book to the next player whether you have finished drawing or not. They then get a certain time to try and guess what they think you have drawn. They write their best guess on the next page before passing it on to the next player. The book then gets passed to the next player who reads the guess and draws what they see that guess as before their time runs out. Finally you pass it back to the original player who gets to see what the last drawing is and what people have guessed their original artwork to be. This is where it gets really funny- some of the guesses are no where near the original drawing- it’s a bit like playing a drawing version of the game where you whisper and see what the person at the end of the circle hears and it is even funnier.

You then rub out the drawings and start all over again with a new card. I like the way it is all reusable and you can play over and over again without wasting loads of paper.

I don’t think you have to be good at drawing to play this game. In fact it’s funnier if you are not. I think this will be a brilliant game to play after a family dinner and is good to play with lots of people. It’s a great game because people of all ages can play it together and everyone is able to join in equally so it’s a real family game.

We are excited to be able to give away a game of Telestrations to one lucky family- we are sure you will enjoy it as much as us so to get you started we are asking you to us the link below to tweet us using the hashtag #telestrationsontwitter your guess as to what my drawing below is!

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Baking for Kids- Really Gooey Flapjack

These flapjacks are really quick to make and taste AMAZING. They are delicious warm but I think they taste even better the next day, especially after a day of school!

Ingredients

250g Porridge Oats

125g unsalted butter

125g soft brown sugar

3 tablespoons of golden syrup

Method

Heat the oven to 180C

Line a baking tray (about 20cm square) with greaseproof paper and then grease with extra butter to stop it sticking

Heat the butter in a saucepan being very careful of the heat and when it is melted stir in the sugar.

Stir for a minute before adding the porridge oats and mix them in until they are coated with the butter and sugar

Add the golden syrup and mix in until it is spread across all the oats

Carefully take the mixture off the heat and then spread out and press down hard into the pan.

Get an adult to help you with the oven and cook for around 15 minutes until the flapjack is lightly browned.

Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before taking out and letting it cool on a cooling rack for a while.

You can then cut it into squares- it should make 12- 15 but I bet you won’t be able to resist just having one piece!

 

 

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Making a list and checking it Twice…Santa Claus is Coming to Wyevale!

We were lucky enough to be invited to go to Wyevale Garden Centre at Bicester Avenue and have afternoon tea with Father Christmas and so we headed over there the other weekend.

When we arrived at Wyevale we felt very festive because they had a brilliant wintery display of polar bears in the entrance and lots of decorations around and about. We weren’t sure where we needed to go but within a couple of seconds of looking at the signs an elf came over and asked if he could help us and took us straight through to the right place. There were lots of other families having afternoon tea at the same time but it was a big room and it didn’t feel too full. The decorations made it seem very Christmassy and each child’s place had a ginger man with some treats to decorate it with and everyone had a Christmas cracker to pull.

Once we had pulled our Christmas crackers and explained to my little brother that he didn’t need to put the cracker on his head and actually the hat was inside it our food soon arrived.

We had requested our choices beforehand so these were all ready with hardly any waiting  but they were still nice and hot and freshly cooked. Lottie and our brother had both chosen sausages, chips and peas and I had chicken nuggets, chips and peas. Mine was really nice but I wished I had chosen the sausages because I had a piece of Lottie’s and it was LOVELY!

My Mum and Dad had the Afternoon Tea and that looked really nice. They had little sandwiches, lemon mousse, scones with jam and cream, macaroons and some yummy cakes- we helped them eat some of it as there was plenty to go round!

The reindeer had his eye on the scones!

 

The sausages were delicious!

 

Once we had eaten our meals there was some time to decorate our ginger men and the ‘Elves’ came round and chatted to us- they were really good as Lottie and Sam found them very funny when they were playing around and joking with us.

All the children then got up and sang some songs and did actions which my little brother absolutely loved, especially because there were bells to ring as well.

It was soon time for Santa to arrive and each family got to go up to the grotto in turn and chat to him. We were the last ones but it wasn’t too long a wait, my brother is two and he had only just started to get impatient when it was our turn so that can’t have been too bad- we think it helped there was colouring and plenty to look at in the room.

We had our chat with Santa and he was very jolly- Lottie is convinced he was the ‘real’ Santa because he looked so good and had proper glasses! We thought that my brother might be scared but he was very happy and asked ‘Father Christmas Nee Naw please’ which was very sweet.

After we had seen Father Christmas we were allowed to go and choose one of the toys to take home. The Elves told us they were testing some toys they were making at the North Pole and we could try one- Lottie loved that idea and she was very happy to choose a pony toy. Sam picked a racing car and he wanted me to have one of those too so we have one in blue and one in red! There was a great selection of toys to choose from.

We had a really nice time at the Wyevale Garden CentreTea with Santa, it was a good afternoon for all the family and we all enjoyed ourselves. We think this is one of the nicest ways to visit Santa and make a fun outing out of it- perfect if you have children of different ages as there was lots the younger ones enjoyed and nice treats for the older children too.

 

 

Disclaimer: We were invited for Afternoon Tea at Wyevale Bicester Avenue in exchange for our review- all thoughts and opinions are our own

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Presents Under a Palm Tree!

I love having Christmas at home, we buy our tree, visit a Santa, see lots of friends and eat lots of food but I have always wondered what it would be like having Christmas abroad and I do think I would like to try it one year, I bet it would be brilliant. Imagine it being hot enough to go on the beach on Christmas Day!

The people at Destination2 have asked what we think Christmas abroad might be like, we had lots of fun imagining what we might expect. I would love to go to Ras Al Khaimah which is one of the seven Emirates in the UAE. My Mum went there before I was born and she has always wanted to go back for a holiday with us.

We think that Christmas would be the perfect time to go, it would be much warmer than here but it wouldn’t be too hot that you couldn’t do lots of things. I think we would be able to buy all the presents we need easily- they have a huge shopping mall which would be a good place to start and then we could visit the souk and try out our bargaining techniques to get a good deal on the rest.

I have been reading about Ras Al Khaimah and I think that would make Christmas a great time to visit, it sounds like it would be a really nice atmosphere. You could visit one of the Churches if you wanted to or you could go to the tree lighting or carol services put on at many of the hotels.

If you go at the right time you could even pop across to Abu Dhabi for Winterfest and see all the excitement going on there- I think that might be a bit like going to Winter Wonderland with Ice Skating and shows and rides.

I wonder what it would be like with so much sand at Christmas? I can’t imagine going in the sea on Christmas Day but perhaps we could build a sandman instead of a snowman! We could use shells for the buttons and eyes and seaweed for his scarf!

Lottie and I think that Santa’s reindeer might not be used to the heat so perhaps they get a rest when he gets there and he lets the camels take over pulling the sleigh. I wonder if one can do it all on their own or if he would need a whole lot of them- my Mum went to a camel farm and she said it was a bit smelly but I suppose Santa might be used to that with his reindeer!

Father Christmas dashing over the palm trees with his red nose camel!

 

We would really like it if the Palm Trees were all decorated with tinsel, lights and baubles and if the presents were left underneath them!

I don’t know what food they would eat in Ras Al Khaimah for Christmas dinner, I know you can get all sorts of things like you do in the UK but I would love to imagine it was a huge feast with a long table full of delicious foods and that it would last a really long time with lots of yummy desserts.

I know exactly what present I would like if I visited Ras Al Khaimah for Christmas- I would LOVE to go on one of the desert safaris in an open top jeep, it looks amazing. My Mum said it was brilliant and terrifying at the same time. I would send her on a camel ride which she has done twice before and said ‘never again’ about!!

I think it would be great fun to go abroad for Christmas and would love to do that one year. We had lots of fun looking at the Destination2 website  and imaging where we would choose!

Lottie wanted me to draw her a palm tree to decorate!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post written for Destination2

 

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Kids Clothes Shopping with Outfit at MK1

Luke’s Shopping Trip…

I am not really that keen on clothes shopping and normally try and just get my Mum to buy me things I know I will like but when Outfit at MK1 in Milton Keynes asked us to come and check out their kids range I thought I would give clothes shopping another try!

We went over to the MK 1 Shopping Park on Saturday and headed across to Outfit. I hadn’t realised they did kids clothes until now but their range is really good. Lottie and I both found plenty of things we liked and had fun deciding what we thought was best for each other. We finally narrowed it down to the things we wanted to try on and headed for the changing rooms.

Normally this is the bit I really hate about having to try on clothes but the changing rooms at Outfit were good, there was plenty of them and they big with proper doors that locked so you could try things on in peace.

I tried on quite a few things and liked them all, including a pair of jeans that were different to the ones I normally buy- they were skinny jeans and they were actually really comfortable  which I was surprised at. I didn’t need any jeans at the moment but when I do my Mum is going to take me back there.

In the end I decided to go for a brilliant Christmas jumper- it’s perfect for me as it isn’t too fussy and it is a hoody so I liked the style, a pack of two t-shirts that I liked and that my Mum agreed were a bargain and a shirt that is really soft and comfortable but smart enough to keep my parents happy over Christmas.

I might still not be the biggest fan of clothes shopping but I know I will be happy to go back to Outfit next time I need to get new clothes as there was plenty I liked and they all fit really well…. Lottie on the other hand will probably be asking to go back tomorrow!

Lottie’s Shopping Trip…

I love shopping for clothes and trying them on to see what I like. I found lots of things in Outfit that I really liked and got to try on lots and lots of things!

I think I tried on four dresses, two pairs of trousers, two jumpers and three tops! I loved everything but we decided to choose the things I liked the most. I was stuck on the dresses because I really liked a lot of them but choose a black velvet-feel sparkly long sleeve one because I haven’t got any other like it and it will be really pretty for our school disco- I think it will be very sparkly when I dance!

 

I picked a pair of sparkly leggings too because they were so nice and the t-shirt that I liked best of all.

I also wanted a Christmas jumper like Luke and I couldn’t decide which one but in the end I picked a polar bear one because it was so warm and soft- I love it and made Luke wear his with me when we went shopping for Christmas decorations the other day!

I would like to go back to Outfit soon as there was a flowery dress that I really liked and there was some accessories that I would like to get too.

We also got a cute robot T-shirt for our little brother (he loves robots!) and they had lots of other things for little toddlers that were really sweet.

A note from our Mum

We were really impressed with the Kids range at Outfit, it was fashionable and appealing to children but still practical, age appropriate, well fitting and comfortable for them- what more can you ask for?!

At the time of shopping several of the items also had 30% discount on them making our shopping a real bargain but even without this the clothes were well priced and competitive to other children’s clothing retailers.

I have only washed everything once but it has all come out fine and I have high hopes that the clothes will wash well as they seem to be good quality.

We will be heading back to Outfit at MK1 Shopping Park soon- there was a good selection for all three of the age brackets of our children, toddler through to ten, as well a great selection of hair accessories and bags, making it quite straightforward to get everything we need quickly and easily in one go.

They even have a Costa in store at MK1 so you can treat yourself to a well earned coffee once you have kitted the kids out!

 

 

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Outfit and MK1 Shopping Park but all thoughts and opinions are our own and Lottie is counting down to when she can next wear her new Christmas jumper again!

 

 

 

 

 

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Scalextric BTCC Touring Car Battle Review

If you haven’t ever raced on a Scalextric track then you are missing out! No matter how old you are you will love it.

I was so excited to be sent the BTCC Touring Car Battle Scalextric set to test. I couldn’t wait to get started! As soon as my little brother went to bed we cleared a space in our dining room and set it up so my Dad and I could have a race (or three!) before bedtime. I soon got the hang of it and was able to find a pace that I could go fast at but that I had stopped crashing the cars off the track at and I was quickly giving my Dad a proper race!

The racing was brilliant, you can start at the amount of laps you want to do and the counter clicks down as you go- I lapped my Dad loads of times! If you want to do a shorter race you can do much less but I like doing long races!

The track comes with two cars and these are amazing copies of Jack Goff and Gordon Shedden’s BTCC cars- you can also buy extra cars to use too which I really like the idea of doing. The cars are really realistic and I enjoyed taking a turn at driving them both.

My friend came round to play with it the other day and we set it up by ourselves- it was easy to do without any grown up help as each piece has a letter printed on the back and it clips together easily. My Mum said it is much easier to build than the one her brother had when they were young.  We liked that is had 4 different race track setups that we could choose from. My friend also took a little while to realise you need to start slow and steady and then build up your speed if you don’t want to go flying off the track but we soon were able to have a good race. We did manage to knock a spoiler off one of the cars during a crash but it clipped back on again easily which was a relief!

I have really enjoyed playing with the BTCC Touring Car Battle Scalextric and think it is going to get plenty of use. I can’t wait until after my birthday party when my friends are coming back to my house for a tournament!

I think this would make a great Christmas gift for BTCC fans, Scalextric fans or just competitive people! I do think it’s a bit tricky for younger children as they might crash a bit much but think anyone over 6 or 7 would love it, including grown ups!

 

 

Disclaimer: We were gifted this Scalextric set for review purposes but all thoughts are my own

 

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Lottie Loves…Dance Gear Made to Measure Range

By Lottie age 6

I was sent a beautiful dress to wear for ballet. It was the Child’s Romantic Tutu from Dance Gear.

I wore it to ballet last week and it is lovely. When I put it on it is very comfortable and I feel like a princess! It is brilliant for twirling in.

My ballet teacher thinks it is really beautiful and some of the other Mummy’s asked my Mummy where we got it from.

I hope I am allowed to wear my dress for our Christmas show….I would like to wear it everyday!

A Note from Mummy:

Once we eventually narrowed down the long list to decide which item we would like to see from the extensive range and provided Lottie’s measurements the dress arrived very quickly. The sizing is perfect and Lottie absolutely loves it.

The whole range is full of amazing dancewear for both children and adults- there are choices of 80 designs with over 80 different fabrics, colours and patterns. You can even go for a combination of different colours on some of the layered items which makes a really unusual and special outfit. The range is reasonably priced, it is certainly in line with what you would expect to pay and the quality is excellent. All the dancewear from the Dance Gear Made to Measure range is made to order in the UK and because of their experience within the dance industry the people at Dance Gear know how important it is to get the orders made and delivered as quickly as possible.

Lottie is thrilled with her tutu and we would have no hesitation in recommending anyone looking for dance clothing to take a look at Dance Gear Made to Measure range.

 

 

Disclaimer: This was a collaborative post for which we received product to review but all thoughts are our own.

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Toddler Christmas Wishlist- Gift Ideas for Two and Three Year Olds

Now we have written our recommendations for Christmas ideas for children our own age we started thinking about things we thought my little brother might like from Father Christmas (and that we wouldn’t mind helping him play with!)

Teach and Tag Movi – This toy gets toddlers moving and following instructions and as our little brother loves to dance and play games then we think he would love this.

Lightning McQueen Remote Control Cars – I think this looks quite good and would be happy to teach my brother to play with it!

 

Sea Patroller– We have a huge Paw Patrol fan in our house and think this would go well with the Paw Patroller he already has.

My First Drone– Another toy that I think looks quite cool and I wouldn’t mind teaching my brother how to use! He might be a little bit young for this but I am sure he would learn quickly.

My First Scalextric– My brother loves watching my BTCC Scalextric and really wants to be allowed to join in so I think he would love playing this!

Waffle Blocks– We have an old set of these that were my Mum’s when she was small and my brother loves those so we think he would enjoy the new version with the Steam Train set.

Playmobil– we have got lots of Playmobil already as we have all enjoyed it but everytime an advert comes on the television for any of the sets my brother says ‘Please, Please, me!’ so we are sure he would like almost anything from the range. While he is only little we think the vehicles are better for him rather than the sets with lots of little pieces, he really likes playing with our police car and fire engine at the moment as he likes anything which has sirens and flashing lights.

Toddlebike2- Sam has been testing one of these out and loves it- he is currently whizzing around our dinner room on it! We will be doing a review on it soon (and maybe even a competition to win one!) but we would already recommend this for anyone looking for a toddler gift. If you were looking to order one in time for Christmas you could use code BLOG17 to enjoy 10% discount at http://www.toddlebike.co.uk/shop/

We hope that’s given you some great ideas for 2 and 3 year olds, if you are stuck for ideas for older children then make sure you check out my suggestions for 9 year olds and Lottie’s for 6 year olds. Keep an eye out as we will soon be sharing our stocking filler recommendations!

 

 

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