Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Me & Mine ~ August 2016

Wow, what a month August has been for us, I think I am going to struggle narrowing our favourite things down to 5. We started the month with Finley in plaster after fracturing his elbow and we are ending the month with Noah in plaster after fracturing his arm! To say it hasn't been the luckiest of months would be an understatement but we have made up for it in everything else. August has been pretty epic with lots of memories made as it has been the summer holiday before Finley starts school in September. We have all had so much fun and there has been plenty of smiles even with plaster casts making an appearance in most photos, apart from this months photos as they were taken in the 1 cast free week!

Mummy is loving:

~ Her birthday and spending it with my favourite people on holiday
~ Wine nights with my best friends
~ Booking a half marathon, finally!
~ Finally getting some guinea pigs, Annie & Matilda
~ Doing the zip wire on Bournemouth beach

Daddy is loving:

~ The return of skittles, Daddy's night out!
~ Walks with the boys along the river
~ Our holiday to Weymouth
~ The arcades on holiday!
~ Family days out

Finley is loving:

~ Getting his cast off after 3 weeks
~ A horse riding party (now he wants to start horse riding!)
~ 2p machines and trying to win the sweets
~ Our little holiday at Nana & Dandan's house
~ Ice cream!!!!

Noah is loving:

~ Getting to know Annie & Matilda
~ Our holiday is Weymouth and the 2p machines
~ Spending lots of time with Finley has it is the holidays
~ His first cinema trip
~ Days out with his best friend

Annie & Matilda are loving:

~ Their new home
~ Peppers
~ Cuddles
~ Their wooden ball
~ Carrots

Monday, 29 August 2016

Stikins Name Labels Review - Back To School

As this is going to be Finley's first year at school, everything is new to us but one thing I did know was that we needed to get name labels. Every parent I have spoken to has said it isn't like preschool and EVERYTHING needs to be labelled otherwise we would never see it again, even shoes! I ordered Finley's labels at the start of the summer and they came the day after I had ordered them, I was pretty impressed with the speediness of the delivery.

I was then asked if we would like to review Stikins Name Labels and as we already had Finley's I realised that maybe we would need some for Noah, as he is starting preschool come September and I can remember from Finley writing his name on everything; it's a task I was doing almost weekly. So Stikins have kindly sent me some name labels for Noah, for us to review alongside the labels we already had for Finley. Again I was very impressed with the delivery as they arrived within days of being told they had been ordered.

When I ordered Finley's Stikins I ordered them through their website which I found on a leaflet that we had been given by the school. You can also order them by phone or by post as well. I have to say that their website was so easy to use. You can choose to have one or two lines on the labels as well as how many labels you would like. I went for 120 name labels as for £12.50 I think this is a complete bargain as they will last us a good few years as I have just put Finley's name on them. You could put the class if you wanted but as Finley's school is pretty small this wasn't needed. Once you have chosen how many you would like and what you would like on your labels you put them in your basket and then do the usual name, address and payment details. So so easy!

The brilliant thing with Stikins and their delivery in June, July, August and September is they despatch orders the same day if you order before 3pm. This is great because as a parent to a new starter I just wanted to get everything sorted so once I had ordered them they were then with me the next day and another thing was ticked off the list. Also you pay no extra cost for the next day delivery service if you are in the UK.

The labels arrived and they are very clear with bold black font and are the perfect size to fit onto the clothes care label of the boys school uniforms. They are also not too big to go in shoes and wellies.

Last Monday I thought it was time to get organised so I washed both of the boys uniforms, hung them on the line as the weather was lovely and waited for them to dry so I could start putting on the Stikins name labels. Once dry and ironed I set about the task of labelling everything that was going to be going into school with Finley and into preschool with Noah. I read the instructions which are really clear and made the whole process seem easy, and it was! I got each item of clothes label ready for the Stikins name label to go on and you peel off the name label from the backing paper, while trying not to touch the sticky bit too much and put it onto the clothes care label. The with your thumb just run it gently over the name label to make sure it has stuck. They advise not to wash for 24 hours after you have done this to ensure that the label doesn't come off.

Once all the clothes were done I went onto the other items that needed to be labelled like Finley's water bottle, their shoes and Noah's lunchbox. The instructions are the same for these and again stuck really easily with no hassle. There was no sewing and no ironing which was great for me as this was one thing that I wasn't looking forward to in the whole starting school preparation. So when the school gave me the leaflet for Stikins and they were described as 'Name labels that simply stick in and stay in' these were definitely the option for me.

I would definitely recommend Stikins school labels as they are so easy to use and take a lot of stress out of the back to school preparations.

* This is a sponsored post. I was kindly sent one pack of Stikins to review but I purchased the other pack. All opinions are 100% my own.*

Monday, 8 August 2016

The New Noddy Magazine Review

My boys, like most children, love magazines but for them we only buy them as a little treat. They are beginning to get to an age where they will really pay attention to the magazine where as previously the magazine was chosen for the toy on the front and then it was just plonked on the dining room table and left. Now they will obviously want to play with whatever toy has come with it first and then they will want to sit down at the table and go through the magazine.

When I attended BritMums at the end of June, I met some lovely people from DC Thompson where they were promoting the new Noddy magazine. I took a selfie with Noddy which when I got home the boys loved! I was then contacted and asked if we would like to review the new magazine which I knew the boys would love to. When it arrived it also had a yummy button cookie which I can remember from BritMums but I was kind and let the boys share it!

As with all magazines it was the toy that they wanted first and the toy that came with this magazine was a drawing pad which can be erased and drawn on again. This has provided hours of fun and is small enough that it comes out with us and is perfect in the car!

Once the excitement of the toy was nearly over we got onto the Noddy magazine. The boys watch Noddy on the television so they know the characters and could really get into the magazine. It was full of colour and full of loads of different activities. As the boys are different ages there was something for both of them and the did brilliantly at sharing. The colours kept them interested and it has been sat on our dining room table now since it arrived and has been revisited on many occasions!

* We were kindly sent the Noddy magazine to review. All opinions are 100% my own. *

Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Adventures Of Noah & Zed Fox - Written By Mini Blogger Noah, 3

Zed Fox arrived the day before my 3rd birthday and I was so excited to start our adventures together. Mummy took him out of his packaging and I wanted him on my back straight away. With me being so intrigued in everything I wanted to see what was in Zed Fox's tummy which is closed up with a zip. To my surprise, and my Mummy's, there was a picnic blanket in my tummy so that when we are out adventuring and need to have a little rest we will always have somewhere to sit. There is also reins for my Mummy or Daddy to hold so that I don't go to far away from them as I do like to explore.

Zed Fox and I have had lots of adventures around my house while playing with my big brother but it has been the adventures we have had out and about that have been the most exciting. I like to scoot everywhere and this is my preferred mode of transport. I do go a little too fast so Mummy said Zed Fox was a brilliant way to keep me safe as she could hold onto his reins so that I don't scoot too far away. Zed Fox loves going scooting as with my speed he can get the wind in his tail and blow away the cobwebs of being in the box that he was delivered in by the postman.

Another little adventure that we have had is a little walk with my best friend into town where all the way my brother, best friend, Zed Fox and I did chugga chugga choo choo like a train all the way into town. Zed Fox found this really fun!

Just the other day we went on a really big adventure and this is the one I wanted to tell you all about. Mummy had said that we were meeting some friends to go and do some jobs in town and then go to the park for lunch. I told her that Zed Fox had heard about our plans and really wanted to join us. Mummy said this was a brilliant idea as we could use Zed Fox's tummy blanket for our lunch that we were going to be picking up from the bakery on our adventure. The door bell rang and it was my best friend Eva and her Mummy. We were all set so with Zed Fox on my back we set off along the river into town to do the boring jobs and grab lunch. Once we were at the park Mummy got the blanket out for us all to sit on, Mummy and her friend had to sit on the bench as I told them it was only for children!

Lunch was yummy and the sun was shining so Mummy and her friend said how about we take Zed Fox on an even bigger adventure and do the big river walk in our town. We were all so excited so after a few more slides down the slide, which Zed Fox loved, we set off on our big adventure.

We headed across a big bridge where we saw lots of ducks and went through a little gate to start the route by the river. Zed Fox was loving it on my back and even had a few butterflies sit on his head! We made our way along very thin paths by the river and through some fields as well as going through some really funny gates that Mummy called kissing gates.

The walk was really long and by the time we got home both Zed Fox and I were really tired so we had a little lie down and closed our eyes for a while.

I love Zed Fox and I know we are going to have so many adventures together over the coming weeks as we have lots planned where Zed Fox can come too!

* We were kindly set Zed Fox to review and take on Adventures. All opinions are 100% my own and my 3 year old son. *
A Cornish Mum

The Pramshed

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Play-Doh Town 3-in-1 Town Centre Review

In my eyes there is no better thing than Play-Doh for children to help with their creativity and their fine motor skills. With Play-Doh they can do whatever they like and make all the shapes they like in the world and then start over again. I can remember when I was young Play-Doh was literally just that with a few cutter but now there is such a huge range of products when it comes to Play-Doh it makes the playing a whole lot more fun. It also means it holds their attention for longer than 5 minutes as there is nothing worse than setting up and then them becoming uninterested and having to pack it all away. So when I was asked if we would like to review the Play-Doh Town 3-in-1 Town Centre I obviously had to say yes, it looked like so much fun!

It arrived around Noah's birthday so he thought it was a brilliant surprise present but before we got to try it our my eldest son Finley went and fractured his elbow. So after the few days of craziness of him getting used to a cast and some hospital visits it was trying to find things he could do easily with a restricted arm. Then I remembered Play-Doh Town in the cupboard. The boys had their best friend over so what better opportunity than to get it out and give it a go.

It was pretty easy to set up as the instructions were very simple and everything clicked into place. It was a bit tricky trying to put it together with three children desperate to use it but we got there in the end!

Play-Doh Town consists of a few different sections from the Clock tower to the mechanics, flower shop to the restaurant. There is also the different figures that aren't attached which are two figures that have different hats so can become a few different characters. You have a chefs hat, a florists hat and a mechanics cap. You can put the Play-Doh under these hats and give them funky hair styles and also squeeze a beard out of the mechanic.

In the mechanics you can make custom hubcaps and other bits for the car as well as squeeze some gasoline for the car. Then onto the restaurant where you can make dinners, wacky snacks and make believe desserts. There is a table which you can pull up to underneath the clock tower, press a pizza and then the table wizz's back to the end. Then its onto the florists to make some bouquets and different designs.

As you can tell there is so much to do with this set and when you have three children playing with the set they all had something to do. Yes we have the squabble over the car or the gasoline machine but that was easily resolved with the offer of something else. The set comes with 8 different colour Play-Doh so they have the choice to use whichever they want and to really let their creative flair flow.

I would totally recommend this set as it is pretty awesome for Play-Doh lovers and it holds hours of fun for all the family! The set retails at £39.99 at Toys 'R' Us and I would say totally worth it!

* We were kindly sent this to product. All opinions are 100% my own. * 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Me & Mine ~ July 2016

This month has been pretty quiet on the blog front but in our every day life it has been very busy. I have taken a step back from blogging over the summer to savour my time with the boys before September and then last Monday Finley went and fractured his elbow which has meant my time has been even more stretched as he needs help doing a lot more! So as we head full speed into August I still wanted to do this months Me & Mine as it's nice to look back on the month that has just passed and document our loves of July.

 Mummy is loving:

~ Being able to wear shorts, even if it has only been for a day here and there!
~ Celebrating Noah's birthday at Legoland
~ Having most our family round for a BBQ 
~ Booking a little weekend away for August
~ Completing my first ever box jump & getting the highest in the group

Daddy is loving:

~ A few days off here and there to have some days out
~ Celebrating his best friends 30th with a beach outing and some trips to the pub
~ Having family over for Noah's birthday
~ Drinking hot chocolate in the evenings!!
~ Going on the log flume at Legoland

Finley is loving:

~ His pink and glitter cast (it's not bothering him at all)
~ Going to Legoland
~ Scooting at the skate park with his best friend
~ A day at the wildlife park
~ Being home now preschool has finished

Noah is loving:

~ His 3rd birthday & party!
~ Going to Legoland on his birthday
~ Playing Ker-Plunk
~ All of his Paw Patrol toys from his birthday
~ Going to the wildlife park for his best friends birthday
Run Jump Scrap!
Mudpie Fridays

Friday, 22 July 2016

#RevealYourFlavour With Volvic Touch Of Fruit & A Revelation Of My Own

With the sun shining and the heat rising for the summer we really do need to drink more water, to keep hydrated as well as keeping healthy in the heat. I personally find it hard drinking water as I don't really like the taste, I find it boring and would rather stick the kettle on. But this doesn't keep you hydrated so when Volvic contacted me and asked if I would like to try some of their Volvic Touch of Fruit waters and take part in #RevealYourFlavour I was really interested to see if it would get me drinking more water, and it has!

In exchange for the samples of water they have asked me to reveal something about myself that you lovely readers don't know. Before I do I wanted to let you all know what I thought of the different waters. They are all very refreshing and not at all too sweet, which I was worried they would be. I will reveal my own favorite at the end of this post.

Now this was a hard one as I tend to reveal a lot through my blog so I had to have a long hard think about what I wouldn't have revealed previously. But the one thing that I don't think anyone would know is that I had a nickname of Goose at primary school. You may be asking why and thinking that it is a very strange nickname but the reason behind this is that I used to run into the boys football game and sit on the ball! This name then stuck through the whole of year 6, thankfully it didn't follow me to secondary school.

Tom Daley has also made a surprising revelation that he is not a natural water baby, you can see and hear his revelation here:

Now those revelations are over I wanted to reveal my flavour and let you all know which of the Volvic Flavoured Waters I liked the best and that was............the Summer Fruits!

Noah was also a fan of this one
* I was kindly sent a selection of Volvic Flavoured Waters in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.*

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Last - It's All Change From Here

We woke yesterday morning the same as we wake every morning to one of the boys bounding into our room telling us it's morning time, they know this from the Gro Clock. As most mornings we said they could go and grab the iPad while we dozed and got a few more minutes sleep. Mr C and I got up about 7.20, I went downstairs to make the bos breakfast and put on the kettle while Mr C opened up all of the curtains. We then swapped so I could jump in the shower and Mr C could eat his breakfast with the boys. These are our mornings on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. They are chilled but with a hint of order needed as we need to be out by 9am to get to preschool. Only one of the boys goes to preschool so there's only one lot of lunch to remember and one bag to repack. Well this morning was our last morning like this as Finley has now finished preschool for the summer ready to start school in September. 

Our mornings will be a lot more chilled in the next 6 weeks and we may not have much order to them, which will be lovely, and then in September both boys will have somewhere to be. Finley to school and Noah to preschool. We will rush and we will not stop until we get home at 3.15pm that afternoon. We won't be able to offer the iPad as we will need to be up, lunches will need to be made, bags packed, uniform put on and out the door we will go. 

Yesterday morning Finley got his scooter and we made our short 10 minute trip to preschool up the hill. He scoots all the way with me occasionally telling him to keep going as he stops to see what's going on around. This happens most mornings. Yesterday morning I realised this will be the last time he scoots there or scoots in the mornings as the school is a minutes walk from our house. I will then dash Noah off in his pushchair to preschool and return home alone. Yesterday would have been the last day that if we were late it didnt't matter, because at school it does. It was the last time I would make him a packed lunch and the last time I would take the short trip up the hill to collect him. It was the last time he would grab his scooter, put on his helmet and bomb it down the hill to home. The route will no longer be our route, only if we are passing on the way into town, but then we tend to do the river walk. 

This all makes me sad as a chapter in our lives has come to an end, but then a new one is beginning. We have the summer to have fun, forget about the routine and just enjoy the freedom.

Come September our new adventure will start and this scares me as I'm not great with change and I'm not great with goodbyes to what was. But it's exciting and we will get our new routine and it will become our everyday life, however sad it is to say goodbye to the last chapter.

A Cornish Mum


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