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The best construction kit for kids

The boys have been picking up tools from an early age. Mr P is a carpenter, we often visit him on jobs and they have been picking up tools from the minute they could walk. We were offered the opportunity to test the Real Construction deluxe workshop and starter set from Jakks and I knew that the boys would like them. What I didn’t realise was exactly what a huge hit it would be and for all their ages (2,5,6). The wood-like material cuts just like real wood but feels like firm foam. When you screw the nails in, you can remove them (with the back of the hammer) and it barely leaves a mark, meaning that you can use it again and again. Both sets have everything you need to get building, including a small hammer, saw, lots of nails and the wood-like material. There are instructions with ideas for builds, from a boat to a bird house and in the deluxe workshop (for a slightly older age range) more difficult builds, such as …

Christmas gift guide 2016

Our Christmas gift guide has been put together mainly with toys that the boys have tested and played with over the last six months, clothes that I have bought and books that we read.  Doing it this way, meant putting together a guide that demonstrates what the kids really loved aged 2, 4 and 6. There is hopefully something here for everyone but the toys I picked here were played with  and enjoyed by all three boys in different ways. Amazon came up trumps with these tegu magnetic wooden blocks (my sister has bought some of these for one of their birthdays in December) and the STEM programmable robot mouse (my two year old mainly pressed the buttons and followed it round the house, but that is the beginning of STEM for him). The Amazon fire tablet has been a hit. I try to keep the boys off screens when I can but there is a place and use for them and we have used this on car journeys to watch films, for homework (reading …

The importance of taking time out

This weekend I was child free for three whole days and nights. This is the first time in six years that I have been at home without the kids. I needed a break, some time to reconnect with the things that I love, time to remind myself about what makes me tick, other than being a mum and having a job. I deliberately made no plans, I spend my life planning, mealtimes, scheduling new blogs and social media posts for clients and organising the kids timetables, which as they are getting older, are getting longer. Before Mr P went, we dug out my bicycle from the garage.  I last used this before I had the kids.  He was taking the car and it would be my only way to get around. I have loved using my bike and had forgotten how much fun it was to ride.  So much so, that I bought a new one in the sales from my local bike shop. Cheaper than the gym, this is my new way to get …

Secret Mummies Wine Club at Camp Bestival

When you laugh until your stomach muscles are hurting, you know it’s been a good night. In the midst of all the family fun at Camp Bestival I snuck away for an hour on the Saturday night to the Secret Mummies Wine Club in the Literary Tent (leaving Mr P in the sandpit with the three boys). All that I knew about the night was that wine was involved care of Helen McGinn, an award-winning wine blogger (perfect), the Scummy Mummies would be there (ideal) and Sara Cox (one of the funniest people on the radio) was in town.  Dreamy right? The show started with a bang.  The Scummy Mummies came out onto the stage and the minute they started talking I understood why everyone loves them so much, their jokes are hilarious and they are both so likeable, dressed in their shiny catsuits (love this about them) and dancing their dances (yep they did a routine and sang). Wine guru, Helen McGinn is an ex supermarket wine buyer, who writes her own blog, Knackered Mums Wine Club, …

Camp Bestival – More than just a weekend

Where else could you wake up and do a family aerobics session with Mr Motivator (I need that man as my personal trainer), see your children in awe of one of their heroes; Mr Tumble, bounce on the world’s biggest bouncy castle, eat some of the best chicken rendang you’ve ever tasted, enjoy wine tasting with the hilarious Scummy Mummies, Knackered Mum and Sara Cox who make you laugh so much that your abs get a good workout whilst you drink?  Then dance non stop to Fatboy Slim with your 6 year old on your shoulders (and the other two in a double buggy asleep), finish the night in a giant sandpit bar, dancing bare footed whilst your kid builds sand castles beneath you? Camp Bestival totally blew me away, it has everything spot on for families, it’s like they designed it for me. Here’s a little summary of our festival experience as a family with three kids under seven. Camp Bestival was the best weekend that we have had in months.  In fact, maybe even …

Preparing for lift off at Camp Bestival

It’s got to the point where I’m not sure who is more excited, me or the kids?  We had already heard about some of the best things to do at Camp Bestival such as go and see Ken Fox’s Wall of Death.  Having watched Guy Martin break a world speed record on TV recently, we are all really excited about this one. Other recommendations are The Dingly Dell (set in woodland you can learn how to make fires, magic wands and other bushcraft) and the Freesports Zone where you can have a go at stunt biking, skateboarding and this year a new penny boarding section (all three boys are crazy about skateboarding and scooting so this will be a must visit, even if only to watch the bigger kids at work.) Each year at Camp Bestival they chose a different theme. Space is the theme for 2016 and boy have the team been busy rounding up some incredible space related activities.  Not only are the National Space Academy offering a wide range of activities such as building …