Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ugglys Electronic Pup-pets from Character

Barf The St Bernard is one of the Uggly Pup-pets from Character.

It's ugly, it's gross, it's repugnant, it's covered in sick and snot, it makes disgusting (and rather realistic) noises…...and my children love it!

One of the boys snuck it into a family party recently and had everyone in stitches with its vile sounds. Yep, that's the level of humour my family have!

Open its mouth to make it burp, scrunch up the head to make it fart and squeeze it to make some even uglier faces. There are over 30 sounds and the dial on the collar changes the pitch and prolongs the sound.

All three of my children have had great fun playing with this toy and it has kept them amused for hours. 

If you want to keep your sanity this may not be the toy for your children but if you love toilet humour 
as much as they do, it's perfect! 

*We were sent an Uggly for the purposes of this review. All opinion is honest and based upon our own experiences.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Mmmmm, doughnuts!

No, I haven't turned into Homer Simpson, although my ever-expanding waistline would tell you otherwise!  

I was asked if we'd like to try a box of gourmet doughnuts from Jam Gou Dou and I knew that the children would never forgive me if I said "No" (as if I would have!!)

The next day this fab-looking box arrived by courier and we couldn't wait to get it open. Inside were twelve wonderful handmade chocolate doughnuts. We were sent delights such as; Double Trouble - A generous layer of chocolate sprinkles atop a smothering of special recipe Belgium chocolate ganache, Chilli Con Chocolate - Chocolate with subtly spicy chilli flakes & cayenne pepper, and the amazing Smorz  - Crisp chocolate topped with melted marshmallow and scorched to perfection.

Choices, choices…..
Perfect for a chocoholic
It was a tough decision but I went for Double Trouble. It didn't disappoint. The children tucked in to theirs and didn't leave a crumb. It didn't take many days for the doughnuts to mysteriously disappear! I did manage to sneak a small piece of a Smorz doughnut though and I really loved the melted marshmallow topping. I think it was Harry's favourite as he asked for more.

I asked the children to describe the doughnuts: Harry rubbed his tummy and said that they were "lishious", Molly described them as "epic, scrumptious and gooey" and Charlie thinks they were 'awesome and yummy'. I don't think I need to add anything to that!

The boxes of 12 doughnuts are great for a gift, guaranteed to be a winner in the office on cake day or would even make a lovely treat for yourself! With free delivery the only thing holding you back is deciding which box to go for.

*We were not paid for this post. We were sent a box of 12 doughnuts for the purpose of our review. All opinion is honest and based upon our own experience.

Monday, 21 July 2014

All change! (again)

In February I returned to work after 10 years of raising the children, mostly because of a financial need.

Today I made the difficult decision to hand my notice in, with no solid plans for the future. "You did what?!" I hear you cry.

Yes, I quit my job. A job that I rather liked and enjoyed.

It wasn't a decision I took lightly as I know that the money has been really useful but in my mind it's for the best.

Many an evening I have been sitting on the driveway waiting for hubby's bus to turn up so that I can go to work. I've told the children "I can't do that with you because I have to get ready for work" far too many times. I've heard "Do you really have to go to work Mum?" more times than I can count. I've stressed over how I can get to work when hubby's working away without having to pay a fortune in childcare and work for nothing. His office is moving soon meaning that he'll be even later home from work. When I get home from work I go straight to bed so we rarely have time for a full conversation.

The moment of clarity came on Saturday evening. One of my clients is in hospital so most of my shifts that day had been cancelled and I wasn't needed to work until 7.30pm so we had an unexpected day together. My husband was really pleased. We popped to a local park for 1/2 an hour, had lunch out to celebrate the childrens' great school reports…...and then I spent the rest of the day asleep on the sofa, exhausted from a busy week. After hearing hubby moaning to the children about our wasted day I realised that we couldn't go on like this.

Yes, we need some money coming in. Yes, it has been great working again and meeting some lovely people, knowing I'm making a difference to their lives but my family need me and they come first. The children are still young and they are growing up too fast as it is.

I could have stayed in my current job until I found something during school term times but I didn't want to waste any more time so I announced to hubby that enough was enough, I was quitting. He took it surprisingly well.

My manager was very understanding too and has said that the door is always open for me should I decide in the future that the time is right to return.

So, right now I have nothing planned except spending time with my children and husband. If I find one of those elusive term-time jobs then so be it but until then we'll cope somehow! My children need me more than we need the money.

This quote sums it up well for me.

Summer crafts with Yellow Moon ~review~

Our latest parcel of crafty treats from Yellow Moon arrived recently and although us parents are thinking of trips to the beach, park or zoo it's very handy to have some rainy day activities planned because, let's face it, a typical British summer always involves a few rainy days and children complaining that they're bored!

We were sent the following;
Flip Flop Ceramic Trinket boxes (4pk)
Castle Card Shapes (10pk)
Design your Own Clocks (6pk)
Animal Print cars (6pk)
Football keyring/bag dangler kits (4pk)

We've had numerous thunderstorms over the last few days so we got out the craft box and started creating.

Firstly the children made the football keyrings. As always with Yellow Moon craft kits the instructions were very easy to understand. The keyrings were made in a matter of minutes. I was only needed to tie a knot in the string at the end. Charlie was very impressed to find a yellow and green one as he now supports Norwich (Daddy, a lifelong ITFC fan wasn't happy!)

Molly had been itching to decorate a flip flop trinket box so we got out the glitter glue and metallic decor pens from one of our previous boxes.

I'm always a little concerned when they have anything ceramic, especially with Harry being so clumsy and reckless but these trinket boxes are solid and well-made.

Molly is going to make some loom bracelets and give them to her cousin in the trinket box. I think it will make a cute gift.
L-R Harry's, Molly's and Charlie's trinket boxes
Harry got the castle cards out next. There are 5 each of two designs. Harry loved decorating these with felt tips and glitter glue. Unfortunately they haven't come out very clearly in the photograph. They would make a great alternative to a shop-bought greetings card. These ones are going to Nanny apparently :-)

Harry soon nabbed the animal print cars and has hidden them from me and told me that I'm not allowed to take a photo! They, and the football keyring kits, would make great little stocking fillers or party bag fillers.

We haven't yet made the clocks but I'm going to sit down with Harry for that activity as I think it'll help with his numbers in the run up to starting school and the eldest two could also do with a little more practise with telling the time on analogue clocks. By decorating their own clocks it might encourage them to practise. Both the clocks and castles are made from strong white card which has a bit of a sheen to it so pens and stickers would work better than pencils.

Take a look at the Yellow Moon website and stock up for those rainy summer days! 

*We were not paid for this post. We were sent the products to review as part of the Yellow Moon Bloggers Network. All opinion is honest and based upon our own experiences.

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