31 March 2015

Equestrian Fun with Star Stable (PLUS Your Chance To Win)

Star Stable is a 3D virtual game which combines both equestrian role play and fantasy fun that the children (or kids at heart) can enjoy. It's ideal for those that love horses or animals in general and being a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) they can chat safely online with friends to build their social skills without even leaving the house.

Apart from many educational benefits which include teaching your children about caring for animals, they can select and name horses for their personal stable before training them, competing in races and solving mysteries along the way. There really is so much to do and Minxy in particular has really liked this game so far. It's also far cheaper than riding lessons or purchasing her a new pet which many mums and dads will appreciate!

30 March 2015

The Children's Book Tour Continues (PLUS Your Chance To Win)

I always encourage reading, whether it's a fun bedtime story, the latest book from the school library or a magazine as it really is so beneficial to the Mini Mes. Minxy is really enjoying the David Walliams collection at the moment whereas Jamster is captivated by the adventures in the Beast Quest series. There are so many great authors to explore and with great deals available on websites like The Book People and Red House it's definitely worth building up your own bookcase for at home.

29 March 2015

Silent Sunday

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28 March 2015

Cooking With Kids #SatCap

Today Jamster turns 9 - Happy birthday dude! I've been cooking a big cake to celebrate but usually the weekends involve lots of baking and my little production line is very handy to have at home...

.... even if they are a bit crazy and cheeky at times!

25 March 2015

A Family Weekend Away With Forest Holidays

If you're picturing a getaway that's a real escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life, somewhere that is set in beautiful and peaceful surroundings with a touch of luxury thrown in too, Forest Holidays is a great choice. Their cabins are situated in picturesque woodland spread across 9 locations within the UK where you can really unwind.

We have just returned from a weekend at the Gloucestershire site and we had a wonderful experience as a family that really brought us together and enabled us to reconnect with nature. 

After signing in and collecting our key from the reception area which also doubles up as a large shop with restaurant, we drove down the road a short distance to our retreat; cabin 73. It was at the end of a row and it felt nice and secluded with a relaxed ambience, although all of the cabins are spread out well to offer a little privacy.

I could almost feel the stress and tension melt away while unpacking and then exploring the stylish and spacious accommodation of our two bedded Silver Birch in the Forest of Dean.

The ceilings are high and the light pours in through the windows allowing you to feel at one with the natural world. With leaf prints on the walls and heated wooden flooring, it brings the outside inside too.

The Mini Mes loved watching the squirrels and birds from the decking and they looked eagerly for the wild boars that roam the environment here. 

Could You Give Up Sugar? The #SweetSmart Canderel Challenge

This year I've been counting the calories and increasing my exercise as an attempt to shift a few pounds for my holidays, but I hadn't really considered how much sugar I was still consuming. That was until Canderel Red challenged me to take part in their #SweetSmart project where they asked me to go a couple of days without sugar. Certain foods have natural sugars in them which are beneficial for your body, take fruit for example which I obviously don't want to cut out, but many processed products contain far more than you would imagine and I've been looking at labels ever since!

With so many packets and jars available in stores it's often more convenient to take the easier option when it comes to preparing a meal for your family, but that isn't always the best option when it comes to your health. Did you know a bowl of cereal could have as many as 4 teaspoons of sugar inside and that's before sprinkling more on top to sweeten! Then there are tomato based pasta sauces and tinned vegetable soups, that you may think are a healthier options, with 3-4 in too. It's quite shocking really to think about just how much sugar you're probably eating without realising.

By making a few small changes I've been able to drastically reduce my sugar intake and you could give it a go too. It was a lot easier than I expected!

24 March 2015

'Home' The Movie Toys Review

I'm not sure who is more excited about seeing the latest film from Dreamworks; Home. It looks like a feel good family must-see for Easter and we will be going to watch it next week at our local cinema. The Mini Mes are very much looking forward to it with pick n mix and popcorn to hand, and I think the main character will be so cute and lovable on screen having seen the trailer several times upon request!

"When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own.  Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human.  And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME"

 In the meantime we have been sent some movie merchandise to enjoy in our own home. Flair have a great collection of toys with all the recognisable characters from the movie including Oh, Tip and Captain Smek so children can bring the world of BOOV's to life through play.

The Essential Baby Care Guide (Plus Your Chance To WIN)

Of course babies don’t come with a manual, but the Essential Baby Care Guide really is the next best thing: four DVDs, Online Courses or Apps (Appstore/Googleplay), including 160 clips, narrated by Professor Robert Winston and featuring leading experts presenting courses on:

•    Feeding
•    Care and development
•    Sleeping
•    First aid and accident prevention

Each Course follows expert advice from:

- The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative
- St John Ambulance
- The Child Accident Prevention Trust
- The Meningitis Research Foundation
- The National Literacy Trust
- Consultant Paediatricians, Midwives and more.

22 March 2015

Silent Sunday

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