Friday, 18 April 2014

Oscar actually beat me at bowling!

On Wednesday we went bowling and for lunch with friends. We are quite lucky that near where we live we have a complex with a cinema, Gambados play centre, bowling alley and restaurants. We were half an hour early so we popped into Gambados as I have unlimited play there for only £10 a month which is a huge saving as it usually costs around £6 each time if you pay individually. We then met up with Becka, Chay, Tara, Stevi and Reece and we went into Frankie and Benny's for a bite to eat. The meal was really great value as there is a 25% off over £20 voucher code that you can download. The food was really good, I had a chicken salad and Oscar had pasta and the portion sizes were perfect and the kids all got a fun pack with a puzzle that they could make and colour in which kept them all entertained whilst waiting for their meals. The staff were really friendly to and Oscar changed his mind with the flavour of his ice cream and they changed it and still gave us the extra one at no extra charge.


We then went into Hollywood bowl. We have taken Oscar bowling before but he was only two and he just pushed the ball down the ramp. This time he was so excited and loved putting on his little bowling shoes. I always dread wearing them as I have such small feet I end up in kids velcro shoes too! Ha Ha. We teamed up adults versus children and obviously they won. The thing I was most surprised about is that Oscar kept getting strikes and half strikes. Obviously he used the ramp but still I can't believe he beat me!



Oscar was hilarious, he wouldn't move from the ball rack guarding his blue and yellow ones and wouldn't let anyone else bowl with them. All the kids really enjoyed themselves and for Oscar and I to play one game it was only £10.50. One game was definitely enough as it took about an hour to play. Afterwards we had a quick play in the arcades and then went off to Oscar's swimming lesson. Needless to say he was absolutely shattered by bedtime and was asleep in no time. It was a really fun day out and Oscar can't wait to go again to take Daddy and so him how good he is at bowling!




Thursday, 17 April 2014

Review and Giveaway for Mother's Day from PicturesOnGold.com

When I was given the opportunity to choose and make a personalised Mother's Day Locket I was over to the moon and began choosing the perfect pictures to put inside. It was so easy to design and build my own locket and order with a simple step by step instruction guide and preview function to see your design before ordering. The photos that I choose inside are actually embossed into the Silver and look beautiful. You can choose from different fonts and phrases for the front of your locket to suit your personal style. You then choose the length of chain and if you want anything engraved on the back as well, which I did. The build your own locket feature is great fun and you can design great gifts for friends and family. 



As Mother's Day is coming up in the US building a locket for Mother's Day would make a fantastic gift for your Mum. Giving her something that she will cherish forever and she will truly love. You can use the promo code MOM2014 to save 10% off your order until the 9th May or opt for free shipping with SHIP2014. Considering my locket was sent from America it arrived within just a few days which I was totally shocked and impressed by. The whole process from ordering to my locket being delivered was so easy and quick. So even if you need a last minute gift it will definitely reach you on time as they ship out their orders in just one day! All items come in a nice black gift box and the parcel was well wrapped up.

I am really excited to announce as well that the lovely people at PicturesOnGold have given the chance for one of my readers to win a personalised locket of their own so take a look below at enter. Good Luck.

The PicturesOnGold.com website has a huge range of jewellery that can be personalised for someone special. Making great gifts for big birthdays or graduation milestones. All items are available in 14 carat gold or sterling silver, high quality metals that will last forever.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Egg Hunt Fun

It is not even Easter yet but Oscar has already two Easter Egg Hunts. I brought the most adorable Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt Kit from The Little Baby company and when Oscar had a friend to play set them up around the garden hiding little eggs and haribo treats. I got them both rabbit ears from Waitrose for them to wear as well.



They had great fun finding their eggs and then eating them! Oscar is really excited about the Easter Bunny coming on Sunday and I have got some great Peter Rabbit and Easter treats for him to find on his hunt. On Oscar's first Easter his Auntie brought him a Jellycat bunny. I think this is a great child's gift idea as they are so soft and suitable from newborn.




Review: Eggcellent Easter Eggs From Thorntons

Last week we were sent a couple of Easter Eggs from Thorntons to review. This is the sort of review I love!! 


Oscar was over the moon when I pulled a Harry Hopalot egg out of the box and he had to wait until after lunch to try a bit which he told me wasn't fair. Sometimes he sounds like a teenager. After his lunch (which I've never seen him eat so fast) we opened his egg and he had a bit. The Harry Hopalot egg is white chocolate with a milk chocolate bunny on the front. They are really great value.


Harry Hopalot is the Thorntons official Easter Bunny and with the help of his friends he hops faster than the wind to deliver all your Thorntons Easter Eggs. Now on to my egg... by the far the tastiest Easter egg I have ever had. I have always been fussy when it comes to chocolate sticking with the same brand all the time but when I saw the chunky dark chocolate Thorntons egg sprinkled with walnuts, brownie biscuit pieces and their famous fudge. It only took me two sittings to eat it and it tasted amazing, plus dark chocolate is good for you right?! Sometimes I find dark chocolate really bitter but this egg was quite smooth and didn't have a bitter after taste to it. Plus you can save £5 when you spend £30 using offer code EAFV.

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Harry Hopalot is touring the UK. Have a look on the Thorntons website to see if he is coming to a town near you. You can also click here to download fun activity colouring sheets.

You can also personalise your Easter eggs with your little one name on and they would make perfect gifts for family and friends. Head over to the Thorntons website to order for Easter or go in to one of their stores.



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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Teeny Beanies Bernie Bunny Personalised Bean Bag Review

Teeny Beanies

If you haven't heard of Teeny Beanies already they are an amazing website that sells top quality handmade personalised bean bags, comforters, drawstring bags, blankets, cushions, bags, clothing, toys, bunting and hampers. They also sell pet beds. All items come in various colours and designs with 14 cute characters to choose from. When we were given the chance to choose one I was over the moon! All there items look amazing so it was quite hard to choose one. As Easter is coming up we choose a Bernie Bunny personalised large bean bag. This would make a perfect Easter gift and the bean bags come in three different sizes so they are perfect for all ages. When the beanbag arrived it was well wrapped and Oscar's eyes lit up when I revealed what was inside. Delivery was really quick and considering the beanbag had to be personalised it arrived within a week. The material is so soft and of very high quality. It is made from 100% woven cotton with a plush suedette finish, I can't express enough how soft it is. The inner bag is removable which is great so that the outer cover can be machined washed if needs be. I was also really impressed that the zip fastening is inverted for extra safety, keeping those little adventurous hands out!




Teeny beanies have a huge selection of high quality personalised gifts perfect for any occasion. New to the range is the personalised baby bunny hampers which would make perfect new baby or baby shower gifts. Each hamper contains a personalised bunny blanket, sleepsuit, bunny bunting and taggy comforter. You can choose from pink, blue or white and comes in 0-3 months, 3-6 months or 6-12 months and come beautifully packaged with a gift card.

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All products are high quality and the for the price of the beanbag we received I think it is worth every penny. Friends and family that have been over on the school holidays have all commented on how great and well made it looks! Its so comfy too, I caught Oscar having a nap on it yesterday! 

Kerry the owner and designer of Teeny Beanies was so helpful and made the whole ordering process easy and quick. Teeny Beanies is also Winner of Star Idea Award 2009 Award winning Children's Character Bean Bags. 




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Monday, 14 April 2014

Easter Goodies at Poundland

Oscar has quite a long Easter break and filling three weeks of bits and bobs for him to do can sometimes be quite difficult. So when I went into Poundland last week to see what they had in for Easter I was blown away by their huge selection of Easter arts and craft sets. Over the last week we have been none stop making puppets and bunting and Easter masks. All the craft kits that I brought came with everything you needed inside, so no half made bits and bobs when you realise you are missing something. Even the sewing kits came with a plastic sewing needle. Oscar really enjoys making things and painting!


I also brought some egg decorations and fluffy chicks from Poundland and we went off hunting for the perfect twig then made our own home made Easter tree decorating it with glitter. I think it looks quite good. We also decorated plates to hang in our hall way next to the tree which was also from a craft kit. Each craft kit has a full step by step instruction guide inside and pictures to copy so they are perfect for any age.


Oscar had friends around yesterday and whilst the bigger boys were playing football Oscar and his friend Stevi made bunny and chick puppets and Easter baskets to collect their eggs in when they have an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. I also got a cuddly chick and a solar powered moving chick to put in Oscar's bedroom to add a bit of decoration. The Easter garland making kit is great as you have to stick the letters on so it gave us a chance to practice Oscar's letter sounds at the same time. I think Oscar's favourite activity was the chocolate egg decorating that came complete with icing and sprinkles.


We also made chocolate cornflake cakes and put them on our cup cake stand for when Nanny and Grandad comes around this weekend to see us. I just can't believe all these bits are really only £1! I also got some cute Easter crackers for Oscar to have with Easter Lunch. Poundland also have a huge range of Easter baskets, cards, wrapping paper and gift bags so head to Poundland this week to have a fun, crafty and cheap rest of the Easter holidays!



Disclaimer: I was sent a voucher by Poundland to purchase these items but I choose the items myself and all opinions are my own. Happy Easter!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Chocolate Easter Nest Cakes

We had great fun yesterday making chocolate Easter nest cakes and they tasted delicious. We presented them beautifully on our Poundland cupcake holder. Here's the recipe to make some yummy treats for yourself!


Preparation time
15 – 20 minutes
What you’ll need60g/ 2 oz unsalted butter
3 table spoons golden syrup
1 x 100g bar milk or dark chocolate
90g/ 3 oz Cornflakes

How to make them

1. Melt the chocolate in small bursts in the microwave or over a bain marie (in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.)
                                 

2. Add the butter, cut in to small pieces, stir in till melted
3. Add the syrup, stir

4. Add the Cornflakes and stir in to the chocolate mix, gently


     
                 


5. Spoon in to 12 bun cases and decorate with a mini egg.



       
                     

6. Leave to cool

                          

7. Eat!! 



      


Try these for an alternatives:
  • Replace the cornflakes for Rice Krispies or bran flakes

Silent Sunday 13.04.2010

Saturday, 12 April 2014

"When was the last time you did something childish?" #PlayfulParent

Tatty Tot

So when was the last time you did something childish? My answer, everyday. Whether it's playing chase in the garden to going on the climbing frame with Oscar at the park, I am a big kid at times and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love spending time playing with Oscar and fool around as children grow up fast enough as it is without regretting not doing certain things with them when they are young. I often find myself reading books in silly voices and dancing like a crazy woman in the lounge. I might look stupid to the outside World but my little boy loves it so I couldn't care less.

When you become a parent I think you stop caring about whether you look silly or not because your have had your face painted to match your child at the local fair or worry about getting covered in mud when your "on a bear hunt" at the park. Caring about these sort of things just ruin the fun! 

This week for example we went to Go Ape Junior we had loads of fun and I was covered from head to toe with chip wood where I had landed after doing the zip wire. Did I care... No. Oscar found it hilarious so that's all that mattered to me. Having Oscar has definitely brought out the best in me, don't get me wrong I love having my hair and nails done but when were at the park it really doesn't matter what you look like as long as your having fun. This is something I would have never said before having Oscar, having kids just makes you realise what is actually important in life.

So what childish things do you do? Is it pretending your a pirate or dancing around like a lunatic like I do? Whatever it is Tatty Tot would love to hear about it!

To celebrate their launch they want to hear your playful stories using the hashtag #PlayfulParent. You can share your story with videos or photos on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on your blog and the winner will get to pick a whooping £200 worth of gorgeous clothes for your baby or toddler. Entries need to be posted before April 13th, after which the 10 most playful/funniest entries will be posted on the Tatty Tot Facebook page for all to see and vote for. Don't forget to like Tatty Tots Facebook page and follow them on Twitter and add the hashtag #PlayfulParent. 

Good Luck x



Friday, 11 April 2014

Public School Or State School?

This is a subject that has really divided opinions and some people get quite wound up about it. I went to state school and Greg went to a public school. State schools have obviously changed a lot since I was at school and when deciding on what we were going to do for Oscar's education it really shocked me just how much! The class sizes are huge and a few of the teachers that I know have all made the same comment that children only tend to get one on one properly if they have a trouble maker or have learning difficulties. So what I want to know is how on earth is a teacher expected to teach children 30+ children properly with sometimes one teaching assistant? My Mum who is a teaching assistant in a reception class has even said that if we were young now she would defiantly have sent us private if they could afford it.

Another major change in a lot of schools is that a lot of mum's are working mum's and don't have the time to go into schools to help with reading etc which back when I was at school was completely different. Times have changed and the government just don't plough enough money into the school system to help teacher's cope with bigger classes.

Private schooling had never even entered my head for my children before but when Oscar was born and we went to look around a few my mind was made up almost immediately, from the class sizes to the facilities I knew if it was what I wanted for Oscar. Obviously it is a huge expense, but if you can afford it then I think investing in your child's education is a great thing to do.

The school we have chosen for Oscar is co-ed as I wanted him to mix with girls too rather than be at a single sex school. It is set in acres of fields and they have goats and chickens to look after and Oscar absolutely loves it. I can see such a change in him since he started in the nursery last September even though he only does four sessions a week. He will then go into reception in September.

It is a beautiful family run school and I am so happy with our choice. He has swimming lessons there on a Monday and stays for lunch and when he isn't at school he constantly asks when he is going in next.

People have such split views on public schooling, when chatting to people about it before we sent him it often turned into a heated debate. All I know is that it was totally the right decision for us as Oscar will only have 14 to a class and that was what was most important to me. To be totally honest Greg did have a wobble at the last minute as he was worried that we were putting Oscar in a bubble as only around 7% of children are privately educated in the UK. I talked him around and he is now really pleased with our decision.

Some people are lucky enough to have really great small state schools but we don't have any that I was particularly pleased with near us. If you can afford it and our in two minds, go for it. It will be the best decision you ever make regarding your child's education.


Oscar's School