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Rofy Stealth hockey stick review with Hockeyspullen

I absolutely love playing hockey. I started when I was 5 and it’s still the highlight of my week. I train at the local club with the U12’s on a Sunday and now I am at Secondary School I have joined the hockey club there once a week too.  I can’t wait until I move into the U14’s as then I get to play on a Thursday as well.

You can imagine how excited I was when the people at Hockeyspullen asked if I would like to review one of their Rofy hockey sticks. I spent ages looking at their website, there are so many amazing sticks to choose from it was like looking at a sweet shop!

I finally decided on the Rofy Stealth 100% Carbon mid bow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It arrived really quickly within just a couple of days which was amazing and as soon as I unpacked it I could see the quality. I have used lots of different hockey sticks and this is by far my favourite.

It looks amazing, it’s a really nice design, stealth-like on one side and bright red and visible on the other side, it’s very eye catching and looks really good.

It feels brilliant to play with, the grip is excellent and whilst it’s incredibly lightweight because it is 100% carbon and is easy to run with it still feels extremely strong especially in a tackle.

I am really enjoying playing with the mid bow, it’s great for flicks. I also like the way the ball sticks to the stick when you are dribbling, it hits so well and is good all round for a game.

The Rofy Stealth is easily the best hockey stick I have ever played with.

I would highly recommend Hockeyspullen to anyone looking for a new stick, whether you are a beginner or a veteran, whether you are just training or playing in matches there is a choice for everyone. They even have ones for small children starting out in fun designs which are perfect for my little brother’s age. I don’t think I would ever want a stick from anywhere else. I absolutely love my Rofy stick and would definitely choose that brand for my next one. I am so pleased I was lucky enough to be sent mine

I can’t wait for our next tournament- I have a good feeling about it!

 

 

Disclaimer: Luke was lucky enough to be sent his ROFY hockeystick by Hockeyspullen in exchange for a review but all thoughts and opinions are his own.

 

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Madagascar the Musical at The Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury

By Lottie age 8

I was so lucky the other night, I was invited by Artspod to go and see Madagascar the Musical at Waterside Theatre in Aylsebury. I couldn’t wait, I loved it when we went to see The Tiger Who Came to Tea there earlier this year, it’s such a nice theatre.

Luke couldn’t come so my Mum, my friend, his Mum and I headed off to Aylesbury soon after school. We were so excited in the car, we had a very funny journey and couldn’t wait to get to the theatre and see the show.

When we arrived at the theatre it was really busy and felt like everyone else was looking forward to it too.  I liked that there was people of all ages there- we had people with little children in front of us, people with children our age one side of us and an older lady and man to the other side of us.

From the minute Madagascar the Musical started to the minute it finished we didn’t stop laughing, it was so funny. The actors were really good. We kept changing our mind about which character was our favourite, they were all so good. I am still not sure I have a favourite as they were all brilliant!

I had been wondering how they would show people as animals but it was actually really easy to believe in the characters- the costumes were amazing and the actors were so good at playing the parts, they just seemed right. My favourite costume was Melman’s, he was such a brilliant giraffe, it must have been really hard work to act in that! I really liked King Julian too, he was so funny, everyone was laughing so much.

The music was great, I only knew one of the songs but they were really catchy and I went out singing one of the other ones!

 

I absolutely loved Madagascar the Musical. It was such a fun show to see. We came in really excited and left feeling like we had had a really good time. I loved the fact that my Mum and my friend’s Mum laughed just as much as we did. It’s definitely a show for the whole family.

I would love to see it again sometime and I can’t wait for my next visit to Waterside Theatre. Don’t miss the Madagascar the Musical Tour if you get chance to see it.

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to Artspod and Waterside Theatre for our tickets to Madagascar the Musical, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Madagascar The Musical

By Lottie age 8

I am getting very excited because I am heading back to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre again this week. We went there earlier this year to see The Tiger that Came to Tea which was brilliant and have been invited back by the theatre and Artspod to see Madagascar the Musical.

I really liked Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, it was really nice and modern so I am looking forward to going there again and I am so excited to see this show.

I have watched the trailer for Madagascar the Musical and it looks like it’s going to be really good fun! Everyone knows the film but it’s really hard to imagine how they are going to do it on a stage with real actors so I am looking to finding out. The costumes look like they are awesome and I think the songs are going to make me want to dance! I think there will be lots and lots going on and it will be very energetic.

I am looking forward to writing my review once we have seen the show- I hope you will enjoy reading it!

If you want to see Madagascar The Musical for yourself then don’t miss it at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from Thursday 19th September until Sunday 22nd September.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: We have been gifted tickets for Madagascar The Musical by Artspod and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in exchange for our honest review afterwards.

 

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The Snowman Tour 2019

By Lottie age 8 with a little help

I didn’t want the Summer holidays to end but now we are back at school I have remembered this is my favourite term!

We have lots to do and as soon as Harvest Festival is done with we start preparing for Christmas. At school we get to look forward to the Christmas Fayre, the nativity, the carol concert and the pantomime.  While at home we plan for a Santa visit, Christmas Eve with friends and for the last couple of years Mummy, Luke and I have gone to see a Christmas show or ballet. Sam was too young last year so we couldn’t all go together as Daddy had to stay and look after him but I am really excited already because this year we have been invited to a Christmas show that we can all go to together.

We are going to go and see The Snowman in Ely Cathedral, just after Christmas and it looks like it will be amazing.

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The actual film of The Snowman is shown with a real orchestra and a local young soloist who will sing Walking in the Air. I can’t wait to hear it. I am learning violin at the moment but have never seen a real orchestra and think it will be amazing.

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At Ely we will also get to see a specially commissioned animation by Carrot Productions of David Litchfield’s The Bear and the Piano but some of the other venues have A Donkey’s Tale or The Nutcracker. This is going to be a brilliant way to keep feeling Christmassy for a bit longer.

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Lots of the shows are being held in Cathedrals. I can’t wait to see Ely Cathedral as we have heard it’s beautiful and have wanted to visit for ages. Some of the other shows are in Halls and other interesting venues. You can view more information and book tickets here.

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You can also watch the promotional video to see what a treat this is going to be:

 

We are so lucky to be going to the Carrot Productions Tour of The Snowman, a lot of the venues will sell out very quickly and it will be such a good way to either kick off or end Christmas, we are really looking forward to it already!

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Disclaimer: We have been lucky enough to be gifted tickets to The Snowman

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Othello Junior Championships and a chance to win

We are giving away an Othello Classic game to celebrate the upcoming Othello Junior Championships. The Championships take place in Cambridge on 21st September and the winner gets to go on to represent the UK in Hong Kong. You can find out all the information here and see if you have what it takes to be a champion!

Even if you aren’t the next Othello Junior Champion you can still read our review to find out our first experience of playing the game, for a chance to enter and try to win a copy for your own family.

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Othello has been our best new family activity for the Summer- Lottie and I have played it at least once a day since it arrived early on in the school holidays. It’s brilliant to find a game we can both play together, it’s fairly quick to play, not much setting up and Mum is happy not to have to be a referee!

I can’t believe we hadn’t come across Othello before now, it’s a two player game and it’s really easy to learn. You get a board and 64 discs. The discs are white on one side and black on the other. To start with you have two black and two white discs diagonally in the centre of the board.

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The first player places down their colour next to the other players colour. Then any disc trapped between their colour disc gets flipped over and becomes the first players colour. The other player then goes and they in turn flip any trapped discs. The winner is the player at the end when the board is full with the most discs of their colour.

We love the fact that this is a game that needs a bit of strategy planning and makes you think. The game is aimed at 7 plus and we think that’s about right because it would be a bit hard for anyone younger. We have enjoyed that it’s really quick to teach our friends how to play but we both think it’s right that the manufacturers describe Othello as being ‘A minute to learn, a lifetime to master’ – just as you think you’ve got to grips with it your opposition will turn things round and win!

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It’s a really good family game and we have both had fun playing with Mum and Dad, we think it would be good fun at Christmas to have a family tournament.

Othello is available to buy from all good toy stores and you can find information about stockists on John Adams’ website.

One lucky winner will receive a copy for their family to enjoy by entering our competition below.

 

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Disclaimer: We were gifted a copy of Othello for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links, should you choose to order through these then we would earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you

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Our weekend in Le Touquet

We love going to France and used to go quite often for the weekend but haven’t been able to for the last couple of years. We managed to arrange a weekend just before the school holidays and had an amazing time.

If you are ever looking for a weekend in France Le Touquet is perfect because it doesn’t take too long to get there from the Eurotunnel terminal and it is a really nice place to stay.

 

My Mum found a good deal on an apartment within a hotel in the forest area that was great for us as there were separate rooms, Lottie and Sam shared and I had my own, we liked it there and would stay there again.

We don’t do much when we go to France but always manage to end up filling the time! We go the Supermarket in Boulogne and stock up on our favourite treats- grenadine, monster crisps, carambars, chocolate tablet biscuits and Mum’s suchard chocolates and wine!

After we had done our shop we headed back into Le Touquet where we had a walk round the town and we got a crepe- it’s interesting seeing how quickly they can make them and the choice of fillings is amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then went to the beach which is really nice and clean. We had lots of fun there playing together and digging an enormous hole!

We made dinner in the apartment that night because Sam was really tired and when we got up the next morning it was another really  hot day.

Normally we would go to Nausicaa in Boulogne which is an amazing sea life centre but it was such a nice day we decided to go for a long walk and a wander round Etaples to the port, we also found a little park that Lottie and Sam enjoyed.

We would definitely recommend Nausicca if you are ever in the area though- we have been there lots of times and it is always very interesting with some fantastic fish, jellyfish, penguins and sealions to see and lots of information about the Oceans and the Planet. We will be back there again soon!

Just before it was time to go back to the tunnel we had enough time to stop at our favourite restaurant, Chez Jules in Boulogne. It’s always busy so luckily we had booked a table. The food is fantastic but we go there because they make the best chocolate mousse in the whole of France- and we have tried lots!

Soon it was time to get the tunnel back home and get back to normal life. I hope we can have another trip across soon.

 

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Doodle Doo Game Review

By Lottie age 7

We have a family game night most weeks. Sam is now old enough to join in sometimes but Luke and I find most games for 4 year olds a bit boring so we were excited to be sent Doodle Doo, which although it’s from age 6 up, Sam was able to join in with properly without too much help.

In Doodle Doo you have to make it out of the animal maze with a blindfold on and drawing your way out of the animals digestive system, you keep going until one of the other players squeezes the fart cushion to warn you that you have gone out of the lines. The winner is the first person to reach the end of their maze.

It sounds really simple but it’s surprisingly difficult and very, very funny. We were all laughing and making each other jump with the cushion!

Sam promises he isn’t peeking underneath!

 

Doodle Doo is recommended for children age 6 and upwards and 2 to 4 people can play at the same time.

You get:

4 x Double sided maze boards

4 x Pens

1 x Cleaning sponge

1 x Blindfold

1 x Whoopie cushion

We really like that this game is funny enough to all play together but also easy enough that Sam and I can just play it together on our own without any help. It’s a really good family game.

My turn to play against Luke- he kept making me jump!

 

Disclaimer: We were sent Doodle Doo to review but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Please note this post contains affiliate links, should you choose to purchase through these then we would earn a small amount of commission at no extra charge to you.

 

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Geosafari Kidnoculars review

By Lottie age 7

I was sent a pair of Learning Resources Geosafari Kidnoculars to review. Very quickly Sam decided he absolutely loved these and I haven’t had very much chance to use them since!

The Geosafari Kidnoculars are really good. As well as being a pair of binoculars they also have ear pieces that amplify sounds so you really feel like you are close to nature.

Kidnoculars give you 3 x magnification so you can spot things really well. We like that they are bright coloured and that you can wear them around your neck when you are out on an adventure. My Mum says they are very well made (Sam has dropped them a couple of times and they have been fine) and that the strap for around your neck is a safety strap so we can’t hurt ourselves.

You can change the volume of the sounds if you want to hear them a little bit better or if you don’t want it to be too loud.

Sam has absolutely loved these Geosafari Kidnoculars, he has taken them everywhere; in the garden, on nature walks and even to France when we went away for the weekend- he liked using them to look at the birds at the seaside and the boats at the port. He has also taken them to show and tell at nursery and all his friends loved having a turn with them.

Sam said- “Lottie, can you tell everyone I LOVE my Kidnoculars”

The Geosafari Kidnoculars are aimed for children age 5 to 9 and I think that is perfect. We both really loved these and even Luke wanted a turn. I think these will be a brilliant toy for the Summer holidays, we will be taking them with us on lots of days out and adventures.

Thanks to Learning Resources we have a pair of Geosafari Kidnoculars to give away to one lucky winner.

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Disclaimer: We were lucky enough to be gifted a pair of Geosafari Kidnoculars to review but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

 

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Luke’s breakfast muffins

My Mum made some fruity breakfast muffins for me for SATs week and I really liked them so I have been experimenting with adding different fruit and sometimes chocolate.

They are really quick to make and can even be frozen, they are delicious for breakfast.

130g plain flour

85g caster sugar

35g porridge oats and an extra sprinkle for the top

1 tsp of baking powder

2 eggs

125g unsalted butter, melted

2 bananas mashed

1 apple grated

A handful of raisins or chocolate chips.

 

Sift all the dry ingredients except the porridge oats.

Stir porridge oats in.

Beat the eggs, sugar and melted butter

Fold the egg mix into the dry ingredients

Add the fruit you have picked and then mix in any additional items such as chocolate chips.

Spoon into muffin cases

Sprinkle a few extra oats on the top

Bake for 18-20 minutes at 160C

 

 

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea Live at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

By Lottie age 7 with a little help from Mum

Sam and I were very excited to go and see The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre yesterday. Artspod had invited us to review it and we couldn’t wait!

Sam has that book for a bedtime story at least once a week and he loves it, it’s definitely a favourite in our house. I was very surprised it could be a show because I thought it might be a bit too short but they had made it just right with a few extra surprises to the main story.

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Aylesbury Waterside is a really nice theatre, it’s big but not huge or scary and very new and clean looking.

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We arrived and got some drinks and treats and went and found our seats. We had a really good view of the stage. The set was like a proper kitchen, it looked really good!

Sam had never been to the theatre before and he was a bit scared and worried it would be too noisy but was excited too.

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When the show started the actors- Sophie, Sophie’s Mum and Sophie’s Dad all came running through the audience waving and saying hello and did a hello song which was good as Sam soon stopped being scared.

They told the story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea together and it was very good and really funny.

Sophie’s Daddy was very silly and he tried to put his shoes in the toaster which was very funny! I liked it when his toast popped up as he was going to work and he caught it in his bag.

It was really clever because when the tiger ate the all food and drank all the drink because it all really disappeared! It looked like a very simple set but it was really surpising because there were lots of secret bits. I also liked how they used things to make other things- like using the table and chairs as their car! I really don’t know how Sophie’s Mummy’s shopping basket got filled with food- that was amazing!

There were lots of chances for the children to join in with singing and dancing and they were all jumping up and down and being excited. I didn’t see any that were scared at all, not even the very tiny children- the Tiger seemed like a very friendly Tiger!

My favourite bits were the funny bits (but I can’t tell you them all or it wouldn’t be a surprise when you go) and when the stars came out at night, that was so pretty.

We really enjoyed watching The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Sam said it was all magic and said he would like to go the theatre again- he asked Mummy ‘what else do they do there?’ so I think he wants to go back soon!

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We managed to get a program at the end which had a brilliant huge poster, some colouring and some activities in. Sam is taking it for show and tell at nursery tomorrow. Mum also treated us to our own proper The Tiger Who Came to Tea tigers, they are so cute and very cuddly!

We loved the show and think it is perfect for children age 2 or 3 upwards, my Mum thought it was ‘lovely and really well done’ so I think even adults will enjoy taking their children to this one.

I can’t wait to go back to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre again soon.

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Disclaimer: We were lucky enough to be gifted tickets by Artspod and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre but all thoughts and opinions are our own.