Saturday, 25 October 2014

Lapland Mailroom - Letter from Santa - Review

I have been sent 2 lovely personalised letters from Santa to review from laplandmailroom.com


The Letters are able to be sent worldwide free of charge!

The letters will leave the Lapland mail room from the 1st December 2014, landing on the door step of the children a few days later. They also offer a next day delivery option which allows you to receive your letters the very next day, if ordered before 2pm.

There are 4 fabulous letters to choose from, 3 of the letters are suitable for any age and are slightly different for brothers and sisters, there is also a lovely baby's first Christmas letter available as a beautiful keepsake.

The letters are completely unique to each child, personalised at the time of purchase on laplandmailroom.com with the child's name and address and also info that only Santa would know, including the child's best friends name and the present most wanted on Christmas day.

Included in the letters, free of charge for a limited time is a personalised 'Nice Child Certificate' that is normally priced at £2.95


Also included in the letter priced at £7.95 is an activity pack containing:
  • Colouring in Santa Stop Here
  • Elf Yourself Activity Sheet
  • Colouring in Christmas Card
  • Door Hanger for the Childs Bedroom
  • Colour and Keep Christmas Tree Decoration

I chose 2 different designs - one for Harvey and one for my nephew Zackary - there is no difference in the looks of the two letters but the wording is completely different, perfect for siblings to receive.



The website is very easy to use - you just choose your package, pick the letter you like, add in your personalisation, view the letter and make any changes before you buy! Easy peasy!

The letter itself is made from good quality paper and is sent in a special envelope that looks like it has come straight from Santa's mail room, the writing on the letter is perhaps a little small for my liking, but i doubt the letter would have as much of a special feel with bigger writing and less words.

The certificate is lovely, i think Harvey will be really happy with it and it will go straight into his certificate folder once Christmas is over.

The activity sheets that were included are made from a really thick and sturdy card perfect for little hands to get their pens scribbling onto - I can just see Harvey and Zackary loving coloring these in!

I cannot wait for Christmas to see the look on Harvey's face when he receives his first letter from Santa!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Halloween Banana Ghosts

Me and Harvey took a trip to Sainsbury's the other day and picked up their autumn magazine, the first thing Harvey saw while flicking through was 'Boo-nana' ghosts, 'Mum! we have to make them!' - So we did!

All we needed was:

Some bananas
Some white chocolate
Some milk chocolate (we crumbled some of the milk choc off a twix bar)
Some lolly pop sticks

All we had to do was:

Half the banans and pop a lolly stick in each half
Melt the white chocolate over a pan of hot water
Cover the banana halves in the melted chocolate
Make ghosty faces from the milk chocolate on the bananas
Pop in the fridge and let them set

These are super easy and fun to make for a super tasty Halloween treat which we have all really enjoyed :)


The next thing we have to make from the magazine is some caramel toffee apples - I am really looking forward to this as i have never attempted to make toffee apples before! we just need to get a few more ingredients and will be ready to roll!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Review and Giveaway - SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT: The Dying of the Light



SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT: The Dying of the Light
The FINAL shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series
Valkerie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain’t big enough for the three of them. The end will come…
The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder.
And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals… and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.
The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive…



What We Thought Of The Book
I have heard of the skulduggery series but i had not read any before, so we are new to the series, i am about a quarter of the way through the book and it is really gripping me. My first impressions of the book were WOW! what a size! I had intended to read this to Harvey in the hope of doing a couple of pages a night but as he is 5, he just wont sit still long enough! So i have been reading a couple of pages each evening and you really do get lost in the story and forget the size of the book!
I will update this once i have finished reading :)



Giveaway
I have very kindly been given the opportunity to host a giveaway for the final book in the series! 
All you have to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter. I will be checking that the winner has completed the entry steps. 
The prize will be coming directly from the company NOT from me
a Rafflecopter giveaway








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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Giveaway - Cute Crab Necklace

Now that summer is over and winter is on the way, i wanted to give all my lovely followers a chance to keep a reminder of the beach and summer fun with them by having a small giveaway for this very cute crab necklace! (sorry for the poor quality pic, my camera just would not focus)




I have one of these myself, along with a large collection of random necklaces that always get compliments! 

This Summer we have had lots and lots of fun from fireworks displays, carnivals, BBQs, days spent on the beach and exploring the woods! What have you guys been up to?

To enter this competition all you have to do is follow the instructions on Rafflecopter. I will be checking the winner has completed the entries before announcing. The prize was bought by myself and i will be sending it out to the winner as soon as i receive their details. If the winner doesn't respond to my email within 14 days i will draw another winner.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Little Genius Crafts - Review

A couple of weeks ago i won a competition for a kids no mess educational ocean themed craft set from the lovely Little Genius Crafts on Facebook! I was kept updated on when it would be sent and it arrived in the post in no time at all and fitted through the letter box perfectly!


When it arrived i had a quick nosey through before putting it away ready for Harvey's Christmas and I have to say that i am really impressed with the contents of it! There is lots to do in the pack that will teach and benefit any 3 to 7 year olds.

Included is a great educational resource packed with information based on the national curriculum and gives you ideas of how to use each part of the kit with children aimed at either 3-5 year olds or 5-7 year olds.

What was in the kit? 


This is the main theme board - its made from strong card and the characters are fully reusable and ready to use - no fiddly popping bits out and having to glue on!


5 fun & educational facts based on the theme of the kit.


Alphabet sheets with pictures and spellings of the words.


Worksheets to practice and discover how we sound and put together different words.


A fun colouring picture of the finished collage.


This is what i came up with after having a little play! The characters come off easily and stick back on to their original backing with no problems, ready for play another day!

I think Harvey will have such fun when he receives this and it will definitely help him with his reading/writing skills in a fun way!

You can check out more on the Little Genius Crafts website here: http://www.littlegeniuscrafts.com/

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Wells Pirate Festival 2014

This is the first time we have attended the festival and we had such a lovely day filled with fun, sea, sand, games and of course pirates!

It was wonderful to see so many well dressed little pirates running through the town having such a great time as well as the fantastically dressed bigger pirates and pirate doggies! 
Harvey came fully prepared for the festival and couldn't resist buying myself a mask and hat :D




Our first stop was to the woods and the beach to pick up some geocaches, we had a lovely walk along the quay/harbor down to the woodland and soon made our way alog the footpath to our destination, picking blackberries and wildlife hunting on the way before heading off to the beach after our finds.





I spotted a squirrel sitting on a fallen tree, took out my camera as he
 stood watching me, the second i went to snap him, he ran! 


 Yo ho and a bottle of rum! we followed a crew of pirates down the main high street onto the quay ready for the lighting of the beacon to tell everyone that the pirates were here!






 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Harvey and Lee's Sleepover

This past week Harvey has had his friend Lee over to stay! Lee is a couple of days older than Harvey and they have known each other since they were both just 3 months old :) 

Lee and Harvey at 3 months old
We have been very busy this week and done lots of walking and other free activities! We went for a nature walk around the rivers in my village and spotted lots of birds and bugs and strangely a lot of apples floating in the rivers, but no apple trees to be seen



We blew bubbles and tried to fly a kite, but the string snapped an the kite flew away!



Went to Cromer to watch the carnival parade where we played on the beach and saw the amazing Red Arrows perform, we enjoyed a picnic on the green and the funfair in the evening.






We done a bit of geocaching in Sheringham and Weybourne Station, which Lee had never done before and he thoroughly enjoyed helping me to find the answers to the clues for the multis and finding the treasure at the end, not to mention all the great facts and steam trains we saw!

Steam Engines

At the top of Skelding Hill

We had a wonderful week of fun, facts and finding!