Family Film Fun with The Lego Movie!

I love family film nights – a couple of hours of uninterrupted fun as a family with a few snacks and treats… and what makes it even better is if it is a film we can all enjoy.

The Lego Movie DVDSo when we were sent a copy of The Lego Movie to take a look at for price tracking website I couldn’t resist! The boys certainly wanted to watch it…so fingers crossed it’d be a family hit!

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Creating with Cadbury for some ‘Win a Banger’ fun! A #CollectiveBias challenge!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

We are a motor sport household…well, when I say we, I mean the hubby and we all seem to have to fit in!!! There is a genuine interest in cars and racing… and I’m sure, with his years of experience, the hubby would actually make a great commentator! He does seem to preempt everything they go on to say! So I couldn’t believe it when the opportunity to take part in a #CollectiveBias #Shop then came up which seems to marry his love of motor sport with my love of….chocolate! How fantastic!!! Cadbury had launched a fantastic competition to ‘Win a Banger‘…

Cadbury Win a Banger #Collectivebias #Shop

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When your child is afraid of dogs…

It is getting to be a bit of a problem for us…you see CJ is terrified of dogs.

It all started when a neighbour’s dog chased him round a friends house, just wanting to play…but he was petrified. He screamed and cried and has been afraid ever since.

We’ve tried really hard to reassure him that the dogs aren’t interested in him – they just want to play and are just excited – but to no real avail. We’ve even taken him to a close family friend who has a lovely little dog…but it just didn’t wash with him!

And it is getting hard…

You see, everywhere we seem to go for family walks there seems to be dogs. And the worst thing is that these dogs are not on leads  - they are let, by their owners, to run off and explore excitedly. And this doesn’t help.

Some owners are conscious, holding their dogs back, putting them back on their leads…but some owners seem oblivious to other people around.

Just today we were by the river and had made a conscious effort to go to a spot where there was no-one else as at most of the other river side spots there were owners playing with their dogs in the water. All was great until a family came along with 2 dogs off leads who, without so much a second thought, encouraged the dogs to run onto the river bank and into the water where the boys were already splashing in their wellies.

CJ ran out to me, grasping my hand…but the family just didn’t notice.

Should they have noticed he was scared? Should they have considered that the children (my children) already enjoying the river may have been afraid of their dogs? Should they have encouraged their dogs, off their leads, to run into the river where my children were playing without checking they were ok with it?

I’ve nothing really against dogs (apart from the increasing amount of poo that is left on footpaths) – I’m not keen myself – but this situation is making me question dogs and owners.

Is it right of me to expect them to watch their dogs more carefully around my children? Should I expect that they should consider that my children are not ok with their dogs? Or am I in the wrong?

It’s a hard situation.

Causing a stench with Stink Bugz!

I don’t know what it is about having boys, but anything gross or smelly seems to cause them great intrigue…so when I was asked if  they’d like to take a look at a new toy that was being launched, I just had to say yes!

Stink bugz


Aimed at boys aged 6+ the Stink Bugz from Character Options do exactly what they say on the tin – they are plastic bugs that, well, stink…particularly if you squeeze their hollow bodies under your nose! Eugh!

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Having prehistoric fun with the Dinosaurs kit from the Ravensburger Science X Range

Like most boys, my two have a curious interest in dinosaurs and all things prehistoric, so when we were asked if we’d like to take a look at Ravensburger’s Dinosaur Science kit we jumped at the chance! Containing supplies for 6 archaeolgical activities there was bound to be something to keep the boys entertained for at least an hour or two during the summer holidays!

Ravensburger Dinosaurs KitInside the kit there is everything you need for the activities plus the all important instructions. The boys couldn’t decide what to do first! Should they create a nautilus fossil using plaster, excavate a replica Megalosaurus tooth, make a plaster Archaeopteryx, take the dino flight challenge by making a Pteranodon or maybe complete T-Rex skeleton? One thing is for sure – there was certainly enough to do!

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