Saturday, 30 May 2015

Project 365 2015 Week #22

Can't believe half term is almost over, I really do hate it when the kids go back to school even if they wind me up sometimes!!

This week hasn't been as good as it could have been, my husband was in a car accident Saturday night (he was unhurt!!) which left us without a car and the weather seemed to change it's mind constantly but we made the best of things as you'll see by this weeks project 365 photos.

Day 144

Checking out the damage made to our car from the previous night.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Book Review


LeapFrog likes to choose a different book each month to be it's "Book of the month" and this month Jake and the Never Land Pirates is the top pick.

This book is part of the Get Ready to Read Series which can be used in conjunction with the LeapReader Junior. Aimed at children primarily aged 1-3, it aids in number recognition and counting objects.

As with all products from LeapFrog it is fun and engaging whilst remaining educational. This is one of the reasons I loved the LeapReader Junior in the first place because kids take so much in when they are younger so I find it brilliant that they can be gaining useful skills whilst playing.

This story is 15 pages long and it follows Jake and his friends as they try and stop the naughty Captain Hook from stealing the bongo drums. As they go about their adventures they find themselves coming across tricky obstacles which your child can help them count.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Car Accident Drama

Last Saturday night my husband was in a car accident. It's one of those phone calls that you never want to receive. Before I continue I will say thankfully my husband is ok but that doesn't make the situation any less frightening.

I had 2 missed calls on my phone from him and when I returned his call all he said was, "I've been in an accident, police are here, can't talk now". This immediately had me panicking, at that point I didn't know how bad the accident was, if he or anyone else involved was hurt, I was shaking just thinking about it. All sorts of thoughts ran through my mind, I think we automatically think the worst don't we.


An hour later he phoned me back to let me know what was going on and honestly I think you'll be just as annoyed as we are after reading what happened.

The young lad in question was riding a bike which may or may not be his down the wrong side of the road, in other words driving straight towards my husband coming out of a junction leaving him no time to swerve to miss him.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Rhubarb Crumble Recipe

I love a good crumble, it is a pudding that reminds me of childhood days spent at my grandparents house. Up until recently I'd never made one myself, either eating shop bought or ones made by my lovely nana. I think in my head I imagined it to be complicated to create a really good one.

This changed when my friend kindly gave me a few freshly grown sticks of rhubarb and of course my first thought was to make a good crumble. Searching the web for recipes, there are so many alternative ways of not only cooking the rhubarb itself but also on how to create a good crumble mix.

rhubarb crumble

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Animagic Tickle Tum Tilly Review

 To my kids I am sometimes known as a mean mum because as of yet I haven't allowed them to have any pets. Between the cost of them and the 5th child husband, I just don't have the money spare. So when I was offered the chance to review Animagic's Tickle Tum Tilly (£14.99), I thought it might make a good substitute to the real thing and of course the fact that I didn't actually have to feed her appealed ;)


Father's Day Gift Guide

I always struggle to buy gifts on Father's day because my husbands birthday always ends up around the same time and he is difficult enough to buy for in the first place. So this year I thought I'd put together a little gift guide to help those who may have the same problems as I do.

For the gamer :

The newest Call of Duty might be on their list of wants.

For the beard grower (seems to be the latest trend which my hubby has latched onto) :

Dear Barber Beard Oil rrp £9.99 for a 30 ml bottle. This contains both almond and coconut oils and is said to nourish, soften and smooth out any beard, this may just be the perfect father's day gift for him.

dear barber beard oil

The Summer of Broken Stories Book Review and Giveaway

The Summer of Broken Stories is the latest novel from writer James Wilson and I was lucky enough to be given a copy to read and review from Alma books.

England 1950s. While out playing in the woods ten year old Mark meets a man living in an old railway carriage. Despite his wild appearance, the stranger who introduces himself as Aubrey Hillyard is captivating - an irreverent outsider who is shunned by Mark's fellow villagers and a writer to boot. Aubrey encourages Mark to tell stories about his own make believe world, an in return he informs the boy about a novel he is writing - a work of ominous science fiction.

As the meddling villagers plot to drive Aubrey out, Mark finds himself caught between two worlds - yet convinced that he must help Aubrey prevail at any cost. 

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