Wednesday, 27 January 2016

What Pet Should I Get? Dr Seuss Book Review

What Pet Should I Get? Dr Seuss Book Review

We are huge fans of Dr Seuss in this house so we were very excited to hear there was a book out that we hadn't yet come across.

What Pet Should I Get? Has been discovered as one of Dr Seuss' many 'works-in-progress' and has recently been published. This is a real treat for Dr Seuss fans of any age and is just as good as any of the others.

This is a lovely story about two children, a brother and sister, who go to the pet shop excited because they are allowed to chose a pet all of their own- it is a good lesson  for small children (especially ones like my sister who always says 'I can't decide') because it is all about making your mind up. Just like many Dr Seuss stories there is a little twist in the end and that means you get to put your own spin on the book. 

Lottie took this book to share with her class (all age 4 and 5) and they really liked it. The story is really good for this age group, it is in the well known rhyming style of Dr Seuss and they all liked the pictures too. She said it gave them lots to talk about when the teacher had finished reading and they all had favourite pets that they wished the children would pick. I think this is a great book for children age 3 upwards - it is perfect as soon as they are able to sit down long enough to listen to a story and enjoy the rhyming style and it will appeal to Dr Seuss fans of ages.

I also really enjoyed reading the publishers notes at the back of the book which gave lots of interesting details about how the book came to be found and where the illustrations were from.

You can buy a copy of this lovely book here

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Birthday Party Fun!

Birthday Party Fun!

I was so excited to have my birthday party celebrations this weekend.

I had a fantastic time with 11 of my friends at an outdoor laser party centre. We played loads of different games, got really muddy, and tried out different types of laser guns and planted a pretend bomb. 

The man who ran the laser tag and led the party used to be in the Army and he taught us lots of extra stuff including how to get a knife off someone if they were trying to attack you- he said we had to practice with bananas though if we tried it at home!

When we got back to base camp he cooked us all up hot dogs and let us see the different guns they use for the adult Airsoft games- I think my Dad would like to try that.

We all had treats and cakes and then went outside for another play before it was time to give out party bags and go home. I think this was one of my favourite parties ever, I loved the spy party I had last year but this was so much fun running around in the outdoors. None of my friends had ever done this ever so they were excited too and all really enjoyed themselves.

As a birthday treat for my readers I have one party bag to give away to you filled with fab treats including-

A Star Wars notebook
Star Wars pen
A Mini star wars toys or bracelet making kit (depending on your choice)
An adult colouring book
A pack of colouring pencils
Sadly no birthday cake but plenty of SWEETS!

You can enter to win over on our Facebook page here

Winner will be chosen at random after competition closes on Tuesday at 7pm. 

Good Luck!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Snow Day Sunday

Snow Day Sunday

Yay! We finally had snow today. Not much, just enough to turn the grass white but still it was pretty awesome waking up and realising it had snowed.

It seems to have been ages since we had any- and the little bit we got last year was on a school day and unlike previous years we weren't allowed to go out and play in it at all. I think we all felt quite sad that day when we came out of school and it had all turned to slush and ice. I definitely wasn't going to miss out this year though!

Ganging up on Dad!

Lottie has been a bit poorly this weekend but we all wrapped up warm and descended on the back garden soon after breakfast. We made footprints and threw snowballs at Dad and then we realised although there wasn't that much snow on the ground there was loads on the trampoline cover so we started to see if we could roll a big enough snow ball to make a snowman- somehow we managed to get enough for a small body and while we patted that down Mum started gathering snow for his head. Sadly for Bob (our snowman) his first head exploded when we gave him a nose but the second one worked much better. He has been wrapped up in a scarf and although a bit small was happily guarding the garden. Baby Sam found him very funny. Sadly just a few hours later Bob now looks a little melted around the edges and we don't think he will last very long... but hopefully he will still be here tomorrow to make me smile before I go off to school. 

Bob the very small snowman

Of course after the snow was hot chocolate and marshmallows for everyone- yum!

Mum said this is her perfect type of snow day- enough that it looks pretty and some to play in but with the roads melting by lunch time so we don't end up snowed in for a week. I would be quite happy to be snowed in for a week though (as long as we had hot chocolate!)

Did you have snow where you are? We would love to see your pictures- especially if you managed to get building too.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

New Year, New Ideas

16 things for 2016!

A bit late perhaps but Happy New Year to anyone who stumbles across this post!

We had a very nice Christmas, although a little quieter than normal as my Mum had an operation on the day before we finished school and used the break as chance to recover, but we all enjoyed spending lots of time together, had plenty of visits from family and friends and had loads of time to enjoy playing with new toys and getting stuck in to new craft projects.

Now we are back at school and back to real life. 

Like most people I have been thinking about New Years resolutions but couldn't really think of anything I wanted to make a resolution about- just lots of ideas of things I would like to do this year so instead we have made a family resolution, which is to waste less. This is to cover everything from money, to electricity, to food, to time and is meant to help us remember to turn off lights and not waste water and to make sure that we enjoy the time we spend together rather than sitting around watching something not very interesting on TV - I am sure I will let you know how we get on!

In the meantime here is my own list of things I would like to try and do during 2016- hopefully I will be able to cross lots of them off the list as the year goes on...

1. Help teach Sam to walk and talk.... obviously his first word will be 'Luke'

2. Play with Lottie more at school as she loves it when she and her friends can play with me and my friends (I just wish they didn't chase me all the time.)

3. Learn a new sport. I think I would like to try Volleyball this year as that looks awesome.

4. Learn a new skill- my Mum got a sewing machine for her birthday and I would like to learn how to use it and I would also like to do more cooking this year.

5. Learn a language... I have been learning a bit of french and would like to learn more this year. I would also like to learn more British Sign Language.

6. Use my telescope. I have a fantastic telescope that was a birthday gift a couple of years ago but haven't had chance to use it much in the past few months and would like to do so more over this year.

7. Use my metal detector- I have also had a metal detector for quite a while and have enjoyed using this in our garden but would love to go out exploring properly. My friends Mum has a permit and has said I can go along and help her so I would love to do that and find out more about doing it properly. She has made some really interesting finds in the past which would be amazing.

8. Go camping. We went camping a couple of times last year and I love it. I like helping Dad set everything up and then love sleeping in the tent. We went camping at SportFest last year which was fantastic and is definitely firmly on my wishlist to do this year as that was probably my perfect weekend. (fingers crossed my Mum can win tickets again!!)

9. Grow something. We always try but are never very successful so I would like to grow something nice that we can eat.

10. Get on my bike. We live in the middle of nowhere and along some dangerous roads so I can't go out by myself but I would like to use my bike more this year- I need to get my Dad to get his bike out and come out on an adventure with me.

11. Go on a plane. I think this is unlikely as it will cost a lot for all 5 of us to go somewhere but I have never been on a plane and would really love to do so... maybe my Mum can enter a competition to win a holiday with plane tickets too!!

12. Read the rest of the Harry Potter books- two more (and five chapters to go) Although I will be sad when we have finished them too as the next time I read them I will know what happens.

13. Watch all the Star Wars films... in order... I have seen most of them but now I want to watch them in order!

14. Save my pocket money up... I would like to get a Strawtastic set for me and Lottie to share as I think we could make an amazing den! I would also like to buy Kylo Ren's light sabre and some Star Wars LEGO so need to not spend it on little things rather than putting it away. I need to start doing lots of jobs to save up now...

15. Do something for charity. We normally do the Macmillan coffee morning (although we do ours in the afternoon) and this year my Mum is vice chair on the PTA so we will be doing lots of fundraising for the school but I would like to choose a charity to support myself and do something to raise money for it so I will be thinking about that too.

16. Try something new... Come up with a completely new idea of something I wouldn't have thought of before--- if you have any thoughts then send me your ideas and I will pick something fun to try!