Wednesday, 31 July 2013

A Day At Blackpool Beach In Pictures

A fun filled day at the beach, playing with sand, hunting for fish and crabs, fun in the sea & a trip on the big wheel.

Craft Time : Plaster Of Paris Magnets

I knew I had to start using up the bags of plaster than had been on the top of my cupboard for over a year. I'm not sure why I had them or what I was planing to do.  I brought a Minnie and Mickey mini cake tin just before Christmas and had never used them so I thought this would be a perfect project for my daughter. Then while passing the charity shop I noticed some letter and number moulds for a £1. So I grabbed them and thought we could made some homemade magnets to jazz up the fridge. 

Things you will need: 
Plaster in Paris,
Moulds ( there are loads of silicone ones in the poundshop) 
PVA glue
Circle magnets

I made up the plaster by adding water until it became thick, poured it in the mould and left to set until the next day. 

The following day I got the kids to paint them and left them to dry.

 Before covering them with PVA glue and a little bit of water to give them a glossy finish. After they was dry we added some circle magnets that I got off eBay for under £2. 

The results are fantastic and we love are new magnets, I'm gonna grab some more moulds so we can do some more for the family. A perfect and simple activity that has very creative results.

Get Creative This Summer Holiday & Win A Prize

I have a fantastic competition for you. As we are full swing in to the summer holidays and its raining. I've though of an awesome competition for you to do with the kids. 

For your chance to win .Get your children to design and create a bug or insect. It can be a drawing, a painting or a model.  Please upload to my Facebook or twitter account & fill in the rafflecopter below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The prize consists of a Crayola Bug Rocks Kit. 

Rafflecoper picks the winner and all steps of entry are checked.

The competition closes on the  14/08/2013. The winner will be notified within 48 hours and The Prize will be sent within. 3 working days. The winner has 28 days from the date of contact from brummie mummy to respond with their address details, after which a new winner will be picked.

UK Only 

Friday, 26 July 2013

Simple Handprint Crab Activity

I'm  always looking for simple  ideas to do with my two year old. This simple handprint crabs are easy and very effective to make.

What you will need.
Orange paint
Paper or card
Googly eyes 

All you need to do is paint hands orange and pop them outwards on each side, then pop the eyes on and there you go handprint crabs.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Doctor Who Figures, Dalek Invasion Time Zone Playset & Sonic Screwdriver Review

Doctor Who is turning 50 years old this year & recently a new series has begun staring the 11th Doctor Matt Smith and his new companion Clara. We was thrilled to be sent The Dalek Invasion Time Zone Playset and a new smaller scale figure ( ice warrior) 3.75 inches tall compared the the previous over 5 inches from the Characters range. 

They will be more affordable at £6.99 each meaning avid fans can collect easier. All the main villains and characters will be part of the collection.Collect and build the universe of Doctor Who with these 3D card diorama playsets that feature different time zones visited by the Doctor in the hit TV series. The figure was super cute, loads of detail and are a nice size for figures. Raiden recently has started watching Dr Who so he was impressed. 

You can travel between different time zones or clip the sets together to build bigger ‘zones’. The playsets are in scale with the Doctor Who 3.75-inch action figures so you can create your own adventures or simply display your collection.

The Dalek Invasion Time Zone Playset was bright and very detailed, but as it was card it was super fiddly to put together and kept unclipping while play. Which caused a bit of upset while playing. We had to actually cello-tape parts together so it was stable. The playset looked pretty awesome when set up with the amazing details. Was quite surprised no Dalek was included in the set which meant is pretty useless on its own it does include  hoverbout accessory.

We also got sent  the Doctor Who sonic screwdriver  The Doctor’s multipurpose tool is a Gallifreyan device, with numerous settings, easily controlled at the press of his thumb. The Doctor has had many sonic screwdrivers of different designs throughout his life and now you can choose from four previous iconic designs. The collection includes The Third Doctor, The Fourth Doctor’s, The Tenth Doctor’s and River Song’s Future Sonic that all feature realistic sound FX. The Tenth’s Doctor’s Sonic and River’s Future Sonic feature also feature light FX. Four to collect. This was pretty cool for role play to magic yourself in to the amzing Doctor Who.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Poppy Cat

Nickelodeon Land at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is about to welcome a very
special character to the attraction!

Poppy Cat, from the hit Nick Jr series, will be joining the likes of
SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the rest of the gang at the
six-acre attraction for fun and story time!

The adventurous pussy cat will be appearing at Nickelodeon Land every
day from July 30th where she will be meeting and greeting youngsters, as
well as hosting story time with children every day.

There will also be a chance to get healthy and dance along to an
energetic "Copy Poppy" routine, where families will be encouraged to
mimic the costume characters' dance movements in time with the Poppy Cat
theme tune several times a day on the Nickelodeon Land stage.

Poppy Cat is aimed at the pre-school market and promises to bring extra
fun to guests at Nickelodeon Land where younger children can learn and
have fun with the colourful character, whilst enjoying the 121 amazing
rides based on characters from one the world's favourite children's

Poppy Cat is based on the award-winning books written and illustrated by
Lara Jones which have sold over 2.5million copies worldwide. Poppy Cat
and her friends enjoy extraordinary adventures and with a flick of her
patchwork bandana, fantastic vehicles appear such as sailing ships to
hot air balloons.

Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Amanda Thompson OBE,
said: "We cannot wait to welcome Poppy Cat to Nickelodeon Land at
Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

"We have such a vast array of amazing characters like SpongeBob and Dora
so it will be nice to have a character who can interact with the even
younger children that visit us with their families. "I know she will be a hit when she tells her amazing stories and I am sure the children will all love her!"

Director of Content at Coolabi, Michael Dee adds, "Nickelodeon Land is
such a popular and fantastic attraction for families with young
children. This partnership provides a great opportunity to create
further awareness around Poppy Cat as a Nick Jr series, as well as
provide another reason for parents to visit the Park with their little
ones during the summer and beyond."

Poppy Cat currently airs every weekday on Nick Jr and Nick Jr 2. For
more information on the pre-school series, visit, or
become a fan on Facebook or Twitter @PoppyCat_

We are going on the 30th July, we are huge Nickelodeon fans write up will be coming soon! Hope to see some of your there :-) 

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Hulk vs Wolverine DVD Review

Not only is my son a great marvel fan, but my other half is too, I couldn't turn this new animated film Hulk vs Wolverine review down.

A battle of two great marvel legends. Over the past week, Hulk has been tearing a line across the Canadian wilderness, leaving a swathe of destruction in his wake. He has to be stopped, and there’s only one man up to the job.

He’s the best at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice. He’s Wolverine, an elite agent of Canada’s top secret Department H, and he’s been put on Hulk’s trail with a single objective stop the green goliath… at all costs. Lots of blood is spread, during the film so it isn't suitable for younger ones. It's. a defo a battle of two marvel legends. 

Hulk and Wolverine are about to enter the fiercest battle of their lives. And they have no idea that there are a few unpleasant surprises waiting for them on the other side.

Both my son and other half enjoyed the film,  I didn't realise till I looked at the DVD it an actual 12. There is lots of fighting in the film, which I expect that's why it has its 12 mark.

Lionsgate releases Hulk vs Wolverine on DVD on 8th July 2013

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Warburtons Healthier Alternatives Review

One of my weakness has always been bread. We use I have thick white bread and my diet as toast for breakfast then sandwich for lunch. Since eating healthier we have moved on to wholemeal bread which the whole family does prefer now. The lovely Warburtons sent me a lovely hamper with a load of healthier alternatives  in, to try out. I was quite shocked with the healthier range they do have everything to satisfy everyone.

Half & Half bread - This is a mix of huge and wholemeal but it still looks like white bread. Wholemeal and White flour are blended together in this clever, tasty loaf giving you and your family essential fibre and wholegrain in every bite. This product contains 50% white flour and 50% wholegrain flour.

Rich And Tasty Wholemeal -  Wholemeal with Rye is a delicious, thick sliced wholemeal loaf made with Rye Fibre. Rye is  tasty and really good for you. The result speaks for itself. High in fibre, with two slices providing over 25% of your GDA, the new loaf makes it easier to reach your daily fibre intake. What’s more, it’s low in fat and a source of iron and zinc.

Seeded Batch -  This was my favourite out the lot, I do like the extra seeds in it. All Warburtons Batch breads are baked with their sides touching to make them extra soft. The Seeded Batch loaf is no exception. With a sensational five seed combination of linseed, millet, poppy, sunflower, and sesame seeds it's absolutely delicious!

Half and Half Rolls - My son had these for these his lunchbox throughout the week and he liked the change from a normal sandwich. Contains 50% white flour and 50% wholegrain flour.

Sandwich Thins  - small wraps that can be filled with anything. These was perfect for a slice of ham and bursting with salad. These have been put back on my shopping list. 

Huge thank you to Warburtons sending us lots of yummy treats to try.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

New range of Knights from Schleich Review.

This actually couldn't of came at a better time for us, as Raiden has been doing The topic of Knights and castles this term. He was excited to get the figures and take them in to school on the Friday for his show and tell. We was sent one of the knights on a horse and two knights. As all Schleich figures they are a tough  plastic, made to last!

Each individual figure in their comprehensive collection of hand painted  knights, along with the fighting warriors, is bold and colourful yet fits in with the old-world theme completely. I love the detail on Schleich figures, they always have such amazing features. They are worth the extra money. 

Rather than the cliched battle against good & evil, powerful dragon knights will be throwing the gauntlet down to the wise order of griffins. Shimmering armour, flowing capes, fearsome expressions, the new band of knights lining up for action from July 2013 look suitably ferocious.

Have a look at the Schleich Dragon & Griffin knights Here