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Creating A Fairy Garden

As you might have seen already Lottie loves fairy gardens. She even had a fairy garden party for her birthday party the other week. She loves to create her own little secret fairy gardens and when she found out that she was being sent some things from Gardens2You to turn our family garden into a fairy garden she was really excited.

Our garden needed a lot of work at the beginning of the Summer and it has never really been safe for small children so Mum and Dad were very happy when one of our friends who is really good at gardening offered to help make it safe so my little brother could go out and play. This soon went from being a quick tidy up project to a full garden make over and our friend even learnt how to concrete and put in new steps!

I had lots of things to do like cutting the grass, cutting hedges down and generally helping tidy up but fortunately unlike the rest of us Lottie has got what my Mum says are ‘green fingers’ (I think she means messy hands!) and she got involved in all the planting and helping build a rockery which she loved. She has learnt lots about planting and looking after plants, which I think she will share in another post, but mostly loved creating her own little fairy garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once it was planted and filled we used the main flower bed for most of the area secret fairy garden and made our own magical stepping stones using old baking trays filled with concrete and setting glass gems in it in patterns, we then topped up the concrete and let it set for a few days before turning the stones out to place in the garden. These stepping stones looked great but we needed something special to turn it into a proper fairy garden. The people at Gardens2You had sent us a bundle of fairy items and Lottie decided the Strawberry Pixies would be perfect to live here- she loved then, they look very cheeky and she likes the idea of them watching out for fairies!

We then had to find the perfect spot for our fairy door– Lottie says this comes to life at night when we are all asleep so the fairies can bring their treasure back. We tried a couple of different spots- against the wall, in among some flowers and against the flower pot- Lottie likes it best against the flower pot so I think we are going to attach it here for her. The door is really nice because it is quite heavy and thick and can be used in lots of different places.

 

We haven’t yet found a permeant place for the little pixie twins and the toadstools because Lottie keeps liking taking them out to play with. She thinks they like hiding behind the plants! We think they are great because they still look lovely even after being in the garden for weeks and also because they are strong enough to cope with being played with.

Lottie loves her fairy garden and has been looking at the Gardens2You website to decide what else she would like to add to her collection!

 

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Planning a Fairy Garden Party

It’s my sister’s birthday today and she has been excited about it for ages. She had been planning her birthday Fairy Garden Party for months! We had it on Friday and she said it was the best party ever! I promised her I would write about it because she was too busy enjoying herself to take photos!

The Fairy Garden Party invitations were made by Diana Evans Artist and each was a tiny glass bottle with a fairy charm inside a jewellery pouch- inside the glass bottle was a glittery scroll with the party details on it, Lottie loved giving these out because they were so unusual and all her friends were excited to get a secret message in a bottle.

It was easy to decide where to hold it because the best place for a fairy garden party has to be in the garden. It did take quite a lot of work getting our garden tidied up and ready but luckily one of our family friends loves gardening and had lots of great ideas and did loads of work to make sure it was safe for everyone.

With garden looking nice we didn’t need too much in the way of decorations, just a few banners but we also wanted something eye catching that showed it was a fairy garden party rather than any other party. We were so pleased with the balloons we were sent from Qualatex UK as they really helped with the theme. We are going to review them in a separate post but they are definitely essential to anyone planning a fairy garden party and made the whole garden look amazing.

Lottie was only having a few children come so it meant we could get a few extra treats and activities for each of them than we would normally do. We got fairy wings and wands for the girls and an elf hat for the boys for when they arrived which they all loved.

We started off with making fairy gardens, we had got some large flat pots and mixed some top soil with sand. We put a little bit of gravel in the bottom for drainage and then added the soil and sand mix. The grown ups helped the children plant their plants- marigolds and little alpine plants. Then the children were able to choose from a selection of fairies, elves, houses, bridges, signs, benches, little creatures, ponds, and sparkly stones to decorate their gardens and had a lovely time doing this. They all looked amazing and everybody had make them different.

It was soon time for some food so the children all had lots of party treats and a few special fairy garden foods including twigs and berries (pretzels, blueberries and strawberries) snails (homemade cheese twists) and toadstools (strawberries on marshmallows). They then all tucked into ice-cream factory which isn’t very Fairy Garden but is really popular with all our friends!

After the children had eaten we got out lots of other fairy arts and crafts we had ordered from Baker Ross. They were able to colour in stain glass creatures, make fairy mirrors, decorate heart shaped boxes and do fairy scratch art. The children stayed busy for ages doing their crafts.

Then it was time to sing happy birthday. We had planned to make Lottie a toadstool cake but found a really nice Woodland one from Tesco which we ordered in the end. It was really tasty!

We used our own text on the cake!

 

We then had a fairy treasure hunt in the garden and it was soon time for the children to go home. They loved their party bag treats- they all got a fairy book and some sweets and were able to take home their wings and wands, all their arts and their fairy gardens which will grow so went home with lots of goodies- they even had a beautiful fairy balloon each to take thanks to Qualatex UK!

Lottie loved her party- she said it was her best one ever and all her friends seemed to enjoy it. I had fun too because when I didn’t have to help I got to have an Xbox tournament with the other older brothers!

 

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Aquabeads Cars 3 3D Set Review

My sister, Lottie, has been doing a little bit of a project with our latest Aquabead set.

She is making a 3D Lightning McQueen from the  Aquabeads Cars 3 3D range. It is more complicated than the Aquabead sets we have reviewed previously because it is built up in layers, so you do a layer, spray it with water and leave it to set before taking it off and starting the next one.

 

Lottie has really enjoyed this and has done a layer each day over the last week. You only need to leave it for a short time before you can remove each layer but we have found the longer you can leave them the better they set so doing a layer each day has worked well.

 

Lottie is really pleased with how Lightning McQueen came out- it’s brilliant how ‘real’ it looks when made out of Aquabeads. You can even drive him around because the wheels really turn but Lottie is so pleased with it she is going to put it on display in her bedroom.

We had already been enjoying our Aquabead sets but Lottie enjoyed the challenge of making a more tricky set. She did need some help with stacking the layers to make the final car but otherwise, other than needing Mum to cut up the templates which are on the instructions for her she was able to do it all herself. Her tips are to use loads and loads of water (far more than you think you need), leave them to set slightly longer than you think they need and be really careful to not use the grey beads instead of white! We also found that you need to try and squash the layers together a bit so it’s useful to have a heavy small box to put on top of them to keep it all flat.

We really like the 3D Aquabead sets, and they do some other ones as well as Lightning McQueen, including Cruz in the same range so you could have a pair! They are aimed at children age 4 plus and I think a four year old could make this with some help but we think they are perfect for children age 6-8 and would make great birthday presents for children of this age group.

 

Disclaimer: We were sent this awesome Aquabeads Cars 3D set to review but all views are my own and my sister’s.

 

 

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Things I have learnt from blogging- two years and counting…

It’s hard to believe it has been over two years since I started blogging. I was only 7, didn’t really like writing much and needed quite a lot of help to finish my posts. Even then I loved reading though and my Mum found asking me to write book reviews was a good way to get me to practise writing and not complain about doing it.

Before long I was doing book reviews through Love Reading For Kids and saw some of the children on their site had blogs which I quite liked the idea of doing so we decided to give it a go and set one up. I soon realised writing wasn’t too bad when you could write about almost anything you want to! Two years later I now quite enjoy writing most of the time but am still not that keen on practising spellings!

I have learnt and experienced some brilliant things since I started blogging and we have done things together as a family that we would never have had chance to do without blogging but it has also been hard work at times. These are some of the things I have learnt over the last two years.

Writing is fun

Sometimes I just set a timer, sit down and write for ten minutes about anything, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t for the blog but it is something good to do when I am bored or grumpy and often I will feel better afterwards.

Blogging is hard work

I love blogging and am really amazed and grateful that people will send me fun things to do and review but sometimes it gets hard to get everything done quick enough for the company with school and clubs. I know I am incredibly lucky but sometimes it is hard to squeeze everything in, especially when you need to get photos taken and the weather doesn’t let you!- I think that lots of people are jealous of grown up bloggers who get to try amazing things without actually realising how hard they work.

Sometimes it is difficult to think of something to write.

Sometimes I have pages of ideas as to what I might want to write about and others I really can’t think of anything. My Mum says that is called writers block and that even grown ups get it from time to time but when I catch it I am very glad I just do this for fun rather than a job.

Earning your own money is amazing.

I have been lucky enough to do a few posts that I have been paid for now, it is so exciting to have the chance to earn some money myself. I have put this away for the Summer holidays and am going to use it to get some fun things for me and my sister to do.

You have to be honest…and sometimes that isn’t very nice to do!

The most difficult thing about reviews is when you don’t like a product. Normally I can find something good to say- even if it isn’t suitable for my age group my little sister or brother might be better suited and we can test what they think of it instead of me but sometimes you get something that just isn’t right for any of us. I have had to give up on a couple of books that I just didn’t enjoy and tell the publishers that I didn’t enjoy them and I have had to turn down things from companies that I would have liked to work with because the product they are wanting reviewed is just not suitable for any of us- it doesn’t look very truthful that a 9 year old would be reviewing a 12 month old toy- and even my little brother is two and a half!

I really want to be honest on my blog- if someone buys something because I have recommended it then I want to be sure I actually like it and genuinely think they should buy it!

Not everything you write needs to be published.

When I first started blogging I would sit down to write a ‘post’ now I just write whatever I think of and sometimes decide it’s either just for fun (mostly about Star Wars or LEGO) or that it’s more personal than I want to share at the moment. My Dad has been very poorly over the last few months and has had to have lots of scary tests. Before Christmas I was very worried, I found it helpful to write it down but decided not to publish it. I might publish it later as it might be helpful to other children who are worried about their parents health but for now we are still in the middle of things and although everything looks a lot better I am not quite ready to share it yet. Other times I might just plan out a post in my head to help me get my thoughts straight about something that is worrying me.

It’s OK to decide you don’t want to do something you aren’t comfortable with.

Lots of kids my age have YouTube channels and do vlogs, I really liked the idea of it but sometimes find it uncomfortable being filmed as I never know what to say, so at the moment I am not doing that even though I would like to try again at some point soon. My sister loves the idea and just chats away but my Mum says she is a bit young at the minute!

People are mostly very nice!

I have to be very careful not to share too much personal information online which makes me a bit wary sometimes but everyone I have meet from blogging either in real life or through the internet has been really nice and encouraging- I am obviously not going to stop being careful (or supervised by my parents!) but it’s nice to know there are lots of normal people behind keyboards!

I have loved the last two years of blogging- even if I have had a few breaks along the way.

Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on my posts- hopefully there will be lots more to come!

 

 

 

 

Twin Mummy and Daddy
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It’s My Thing with Fruit Shoot

The people at Fruit Shoot are challenging children to find their ‘thing’. Everyone has a thing that is theirs and they want us all to celebrate our different skills and abilities.

Your thing could be something you are amazingly good at, something that doesn’t come easy but you work at, something you do for a hobby or just something you love. The great thing is when you are a kid and are still finding out what your ‘thing’ is you can try everything.

There are loads of things I love- sport, adventure, travelling, reading, technology and anything that involves learning something new so when I got this amazing hamper of goodies from Fruit Shoot I couldn’t wait to try some new activities and see if any of them could be my thing.

We were sent an awesome microscope so we went out on a nature trail and collected lots of leaves, twigs, grass and blossom to have a look at under it. This is really interesting and things look amazing close up under the microscope, you can see some surprising detail. I really enjoyed this and Sam and Lottie loved exploring the countryside to find things to look at under the microscope.

One of the other activities was a kit to make bouncy balls so after school one night we had an evening of making these. I expected it to be quite complicated but it wasn’t- you just had to put the moulds together and then start layering your pattern of different colours before standing it in water for a short time. Once you had done this then you opened it up and ran it under cold water before leaving it to harden for a while. I really enjoyed this. I liked the fact that I had actually made something all by myself that I could play with. I have never done anything like this before and am really glad I got chance to try it. Lottie loves arts and crafts and this was her very favourite activity, she is planning to take her bouncy ball in to school to show and tell because she is very proud of having made it by herself .

  

We also received a Horrible Science Kit, which was absolutely awesome- there are lots of experiments you can do. Lottie especially liked the lab coat and glasses that we were given to use with this set!

We started with a volcano which was really straightforward to do but very effective as it exploded everywhere! The instructions made it easy to do without any grown up help but we decided to add our own twist with a little red food dye to make our explosion more lava like! There are other experiments I am planning on doing next week including making snot and making a rocket.

 

 

Along with all these great activities Fruit Shoot also had the great idea to send us a selection of their drinks to stop us getting too thirsty between activities. We were already aware of the Fruit Shoot Drinks but there was an apple one I hadn’t tried before and enjoyed, these have all got no added sugar and no artificial colours so are great for kids of all ages.  We hadn’t tried their Hydro range before and we all really liked these, they are great when you are busy because they have a sports cap so you can grab a quick drink and keep going and because they are flavoured spring water and have zero calories and no added sugar my Mum was even happy to let Sam try them- he loved it!

We loved trying these new activities and were really pleased to be part of Fruit Shoot’s campaign to find what our ‘thing’ was. I can definitely say I have added science as one of my things!

We were even sent an arts and crafts set too, which is perfect for my sister who is always making things and let us turn our Fruit Shoot bottles into something fun to represent one of our ‘Things’.

We set ourselves a challenge to see what we could make our bottles into in 15 minutes- Lottie made a twirling baton for ballet and I have made a HYDRO rocket for science and space- not only is it made out of a Hydro bottle but I am also going to use it for an experiment to set off a water rocket… that’s for another post though!

 

 

 

 

 

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Aquabeads Disney Princess Playset Review

My sister likes to watch the adverts between her favourite TV shows and see what she would like to save her pocket money for and for the last few weeks she has had her eye on Aquabeads– or as she calls them Aquabeads just add water’!

She was really excited when we were asked if we would like to review a set and even more excited when they arrived and she found she had been sent the Aquabeads Disney Princess Playset.

Lottie was desperate to get started straight away but we thought it would be best to wait until after Sam was in bed because he is still a little young for them so one night once he was tucked up we opened the set up and had a proper look.

It was really easy to use- she had to chose a template and put it in the holder. This showed her which colour beads went where. For her first attempt Lottie chose to make Ariel because she loves Mermaids.  She soon got into putting the beads on the grid and before long the princess started to look like an actual princess.

Once Lottie had finished putting all her Aquabeads in place she got to spray the design with water and then drain some of it off before leaving it to set for ten minutes and using a special tool to lift them up off the template. The first time we tried they didn’t come off very well so we pushed them back into place and added a lot more water and left it another ten minutes. This time it came off perfectly well so we think she perhaps hadn’t used enough water to start with. We left it to dry over night as although it was all set it was a little sticky and by the next morning it was perfect.

Lottie said she loved the set and that she wanted to make another princess straight away! She says it is really  good fun and easy to do and she thinks she can make a princess for each of her friends- it’s a good job Aquabeads do refills as even though there was 1000 beads in the pack I think she is going to go through them very quickly! She really liked the jewel beads and the fact that she had so many different colours to choose from.

I think these are good because Lottie was able to do the nearly whole thing by herself without too much help and because they set with water it’s much easier for children to use than other products that need heat or ironing.

This was a great way for Lottie to keep busy for an hour and she enjoyed matching up the colours- although she put a couple of beads in that were different to the template it didn’t really matter and her first attempt still looks really good.

Lottie’s first attempt

 

I think this is a good activity set for children age 4 plus and like the fact there are lots of different types of Aquabeads sets you can choose from so there is something for almost everyone.

 

 

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Dear Alien…

Writing just for fun!

Dear Alien,

Let me tell you about planet Earth.

We have plants that need water, soil and light they provide lots of the food that we eat.

We have ponds that have living creatures in them who swim around.

We have a sea that has whales in, it tastes of salt- YUUUUCCCKKK!

We have many creatures who live on the land, many have four legs, like the elephant who stomps around and trumpets loudly. The elephant is my favourite animal.

One of the most amazing creatures of all are the human beings. I am a human. We can think and we can make incredible inventions but we also have wars between ourselves and don’t always look after the other creatures like we should. We need to try to protect our planet and everything on it. It’s the most amazing place to live!

Come and see us soon and tell us about your planet.

From Luke age 7