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 :)

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
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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.

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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:

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!

Monday, 18 August 2014

A Geocaching Journey

What is Geocaching you may ask? Well, it is basically a real life treasure hunt using a GPS enabled device! We have been using our Nokia Lumia 800 but it is not the best or most reliable device to use, we are currently saving up to buy a proper GPS device. Once you have signed up for a membership on the Geocaching website you can check out the map and find some 'caches' that are close by and begin your journey! (although you don't need to sign up to view the map and see what is in your area) :)
There are over a dozen different types of caches with over 2,000,000 hidden around the world and more than 6 million geocachers or players. once you find a cache, you need to sign the logbook or logsheet inside and log it online too.

A 'cache' can be anything from a tiny magnetic object with a small log sheet inside or bigger! the biggest 2 we have found were a large plastic lunchbox and a lovely sized ammo can. Sometimes they are hidden in plain sight and others are hidden very well, a lot of ones in the woods are hidden with what we call stickoflage!

There is a large cache under all this stickoflage!

Harvey Proud with his ammo can cache :)

Along the way you will find all sorts of different sized caches, and in some of the bigger ones there might be swag for the children to trade, we have a small collection of wonderful thing we have found in caches and we always swap what we take with something of equal or greater value for the next cacher to find :)

We have also come across 'trackables' too, we have found trackable travel bug tags and also Geocoins, a lot of these have a specific mission or goal, such as to travel to a specific location or they might be one of a few in a race to travel around the world and come back to the cache they started in.

Here are some of the tags we have found

This tag was in a race to get to Essex from across the ocean

This one wants to travel around the coast of Britain 

This one wanted to visit zoo's around the world 

Here is a Geocoin we found! it was pretty big!

Here are some pics of the caches we have found:
Yes, this really is a cache! hidden in plain sight!

we needed to find a tool to retrieve this cache!
one hiding under a boat!

lots of stickoflage for this one!

a beautifully made cache 

We have had lots of fun on our 10 months caching so far but are still relative newbies with just under 100 finds. We attended our first geocaching event and discovered our first 'Earth Cache'on the 16th to celebrate National Geocaching Day and collected another 3 out of the 7 Souvenirs of August. we havejust one more to get which will be a Multi Cache, where you have to gather information to be ableto work out the coordinates to the final cache!

Get out there people and give it a try! you wont believe how many caches you have walked past!
Have fun!