Happy New Year

 

Wow what a wonderful six months of blogging I have had...I have met some amazing Bloggers...participated in some fabulous opportunities that I never imagined I would have been part of....Thanks to Britmums and Tots100 Babyhuddle and Love all Blogs...
I have loved participating in all of the linkys my fav being mocha beanie mummy - silent-sunday/  Mummy from the Hearts - reasons to be cheerful and Love All Blogs - socialpix... I'm sure I will join in more next year!!!
Most of all I have enjoyed every minute of being a new blogger...what a fantastic journey I have had so far....I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store ... As these past six months have been so great I can only imagine next year will be even better... I would like to take this opportunity to Thank all my amazing blog Twitter/Goggle+ followers and supporters who have made my blogging experience a fantastic one so huge Thank each and every one of you for all you comments and support.. and a Huge Thank you to my lovely husband and children who have put up with my blogging desires and supported me 100% I love you all dearly and Thank you for your support x
Wishing you all a wonderful 2013.


#SilentSunday




Silent Sunday

The Cardboard Box


                                                   



It never ceases to amaze me how interesting a cardboard box can be to children....no matter how many fun..fab toys our children have...they will always love nothing more the encasing themselves in a huge cardboard box ... I have seen this with both my boys and the children I work with....
A cardboard box and provide endless entertainment and  bring out some amazing creative imaginative ideas..... and its amazing to watch.
There is something quite special about a cardboard box as it can be made and represent almost anything that a child wants it to... that's why no matter how many toys children have..they will always find excitement in a cardboard box...as it give them the option of creating and representing their own ideas without limits.

What you will need
Range of different sized cardboard boxes
Paint and Paint brushes or large Marker Pens to decorate (optional)
Sellotape or Glue (optional)

Activity
Children love to sit and play with boxes...using many different boxes children can use their Imagination to create...design...and build amazing ideas...
There are so many imaginative games that can be played using a box.
From sitting in a large box pretending that its a....Pirate Ships..Car..Aeroplanes or Bus. 
To building and designing various structure's from...Rocket Ships to Robots...the ideas are endless..as a empty box can become almost anything.. encourage your child's imagination and sit back and watch a simple box develop fun play ideas.

What will my Child Learn
Children can play together to build relationships share ideas 
Extend and build on Imaginative Ideas and experiment with new ideas

#SocialPix



We encountered this squirrel on our trip to the local park....not only was he/she very friendly and came right up to us....but as we left and walked away......my boys waved goodbye....the squirrel sat and watched us .....and didn't move..until we were out of sight....As if to say don't leave...or maybe he was hoping we were going to go back with some nuts!!!!

Perfect Elf

This is my Poetic Entry into Tots100 Center Parcs Competition 


Elf Elf... Helpful Elf
Your always wrapping as there's gifts that need packing....and so many toys to be made...
But hurry Elf....Thank you for being yourself..and working so very hard....As time flies by in a blink of an eye...Excited children soon to be....
Its soon time to spread happiness and joy to the world's girls and boys...
who cannot wait to see !!!!
For children appreciate the elves that are great and surely will welcome a New Toy....




Mince Cinnamon Rolls




Ingredients 
Ready Roll Puff Pastry
Robertson's Mince Meat
Cinnamon Powder

Method
Preheat oven to 375f gas mark 5
Unroll Pastry...Generously(alter if you prefer less) spread the mince meat across the whole of the pasty using the back of the spoon or a spatula...Ensure you leave edges plain.
Sprinkle the Cinnamon power over the top and then roll up pastry to encase filling (Swiss Roll) seal edges with water.
Cut each roll  into small discs approx 1 cm
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden

Simple yet very Tasty

#SilentSunday




#SocialPix

Family Trip to the Winter Wonderland Zippo's Circus



Winter wonderland


Myself and my family went on an amazing trip to Winter Wonderland in London's
Hyde Park.....We were sponsored to attend Zippos Circus...courtesy of Costa Bingo who kindly provided our tickets.
Excited to be a Winter Wonderland.

We had an absolutely amazing time...This was a first for us....As we had never been to the circus......We had always wanted to go....We were so excited......We had a great family trip.....we laughed at the amazing clowns comedy and aerialists that left us awe.
It was a fantastically amazing show is fun-packed from start to finish and my boys loved ever minute of it.
We then wondered through the amazing Christmas market and soaked up the amazing festive atmosphere....A truly magical evening out.



Aerialist performance...left us in awe

A huge big thank you to Costa Bingo


Enjoying the festive atmosphere.



Our tickets were sponsored by Costa Bingo...all thought and views are that of my own.

My Reasons to be Cheerful #R2BC

This is a very easy one this week for me because the main reason I'm happy is that Christmas holidays are almost here.....And I cant wait.....No rushing around...Two weeks off work and with the family.......TV Times at the ready to plan and watch some fab movies..... Munching and crunching "BAD FOODS".... and cosying up on the sofa....pure bliss.

We are also heading to Winter Wonderland...Hyde Park London....Late afternoon...ready for the evening ....We are going to watch the Circus........so very excited and looking forward to our trip and seeing winter wonderland lit up at night with all the bright lights....

Oooh and I won a comp...very rare for me....I never normally win :)

Have a fab Christmas Holiday everybody :) and I look forward to reading your reasons to be cheerful...

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

CeraKooks Ceramic Knife - Review




I was so excited to receive my CeraKook's Ceramic knives. the knife is of the highest quality with razor sharp blades, that's amazingly sharp and it cuts and slices with ease. I love it this is now my Favourite and most used knife.

CeraKook has a fantastic range of ceramic Knives and Knife Sets....Each knife is made of an advanced ceramic called Zirconia....This material is second in hardness to diamonds.

The CeraKook range offers unmatched durability and quality knives which are affordable for all.
CeraKook offer two blade designs -
White Mirror Blades...which are rare and unique and have a Mirror finish shine.
Black Mirror Blades -  A superb Black mirror  finish
Ceramic Mirror Finish Design. Unique in the UK
Both designs offer the same durability and resistance so it's just a question of taste.....

Ceramic Black Mirror finish design

The CeraKook knives are excellent to cut and slice fruits and vegetables as well as meat and fish and will last longer the stainless steel knives as they don't require sharpening, unlike traditional stainless steel knives.
Each CeraKook knife comes with its own protective sheath.

For more information on the CeraKook Ceramic Knife range please Visit http://www.cerakook.com/



I received a Cerakook knife to review..all thought are that of my own and I remain honest in my opinions and views.

Threading Mittens




What you will need
Card (Lamintate if Possible)
Shoe lace
Hole punch

Activity
Draw and cut out a very simple pair of mitten shapes (draw around a pair of mittens if need be)...then then punch several holes around mitten around the edge.
Put a large knot in one end of the shoe lace..or tie it on one of the punched holes.

Then allow you child to thread the lace through the holes...once complected either undo to play again or hang up as a decoration.

What will my child Learn
your child will learn and develop fine moter skills

postcards from Santa competition


Here are my sons pictures of Christmas card ....of Santa Claus on his travels as entry for Postcards from Santa competition at TravelSupermarket.Com 
This is Santa at the park - going to get an Ice Cream
Zak - Aged 7

This is Santa - Packing for his Holiday -
Hamazah Aged 7
You too can join in this fab competition by showing your child's best festive drawing of Santa Claus in their favourite holiday destination  follow this link to find out more Visit http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/christmas/postcards-from-santa/
But Hurry competition closes tonight.....
The winning prize is
One lucky grand prize winner of £750 will be drawn at random from all of the entries with five runners up receiving £50 Toys “R” Us vouchers.

Handprinted Reindeer Christmas Cards

Every year we like many other Schools/Children's Centre's ..... like our children have the opportunity to create their own Christmas cards. My colleague came up with a novel way of creating them this year....and I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you...simple yet so creative.

What you need
Card
Paint- brown and red/black
Paint brush

Activity
Let you child put there painted brown hand print onto the folded card...allow to dry
Once dried add a red nose and black eyes and there you have it a simple yet effective home made Christmas card.


Cluedo - The London Edition-Review




Murder comes to the Capital for the first time ever as Winning Moves, the innovative games company behind many classic family favourites, unveils Cluedo: London Edition. The popular country house whodunit classic has been given an urban make-over and relocated to London, axing original characters such as Miss Scarlett and Mrs Peacock and replacing them with Malcolm Mustard the Mayor, Paul Plum the Journalist and Gus Green the Footballer.

The game also features new London-themed murder scenes – St Paul’s Cathedral, Soho, Tower Bridge, Covent Garden, Heathrow, Wembley, The Houses of Parliament, Knightsbridge and Canary Wharf – and boasts a brand new ‘media mogul’ victim instead of the traditional millionaire. In a nod to the nostalgia of the original game, traditional Cluedo murder weapons have been kept the same: the candlestick, dagger, lead piping, revolver, rope and wrench.

With over 300 possible murder combinations in the new game, Cluedo: London Edition guarantees hours of fun for all the family this Christmas.

Cluedo: London Edition (RRP £24.99, ages 9+, 3-6 players) is available to buy now on the High Street from a wide range of retailers and from the stockist Winning Moves
I hadn't really played Cluedo in a few years so I was delighted to review Cluedo - The London Edition.....I remembered how much fun this game could be... and it was great to introduce Cluedo - The London Edition to my boys.. it was a game that I used to love to play with my family......It was so much fun playing the game using famous London landmarks that we have visited in the past..I loved the new characters...which introduced a modern twist on a classic game....my boys teamed up with me and my husband and grandma joined us...lots of fun...a great family game...we loved it...a big thumb up from all of us.

My boys enjoyed setting up the game


Received Cluedo -The London Edition to review...all thoughts and opinions are that of my own and I remain honest in my review.

#SilentSunday




                                                      Silent Sunday

#SocialPix



I brought this huge Gingerbread Man from Gregg's bakery today.....I have never seen such a huge gingerbread man....So I just had to buy it...not bad only £2.50 ...Made my day...my boy's loved it too :)


#R2BC- My Reason to be Cheerful


I have had a very busy week so far...on Sunday myself and my family attended the Gala premiere of Tinkerbell the Secret on the Wings...it was an fantastic event lots of activities and an amazing buffet...we rubbed shoulders with celebs and had an amazing time..the movie was fantastic we enjoyed it so much. Read Here if you want to know our thoughts on the movie.

I have also been to see both of my boys Christmas plays...they were fab...my eyes welled with tears as I watched my beautiful boys sing....


I have been busy at work preparing our "children's Centre" Christmas party...which we will have next week....
And to round it all off mt eldest son won The Rubie's Avengers Academy competition...for dressing up as his favourite superhero....so he is very excited as he can choose four friends to have a VIP avengers day out...
So a fab week...share yours...


Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Snowflake Craft


What you will need

White circular paper
Scissors

Activity
Fold circle in half.. and encourage you child to cut out small triangles and small snips out of circle to create their own snowflake designs....these can be hung or stuck onto  windows using white tack..you can also sprinkle with white rainbow glitter for a icy effect.

What will my child learn
Learn how to manipulate scissors
Hand eye co-ordination
Experiment Ideas
Depending on your child age/developmental level - Talk about snowflake where they come from..How they are created. Share Stories/Books that have snow scene pictures.

Have Fun




TinkerBell and the Secret of the Wings - Review

Myself and my Family were honored to attend the Gala Premiere of Disney's Tinkerbell and the secret of the Wings in 3D at the May Fair Hotel in London..
Tinkerbell and the Secret of the wings...sees Tinkerbell leave her home in the warm Pixie Hollow to cross into the mysterious forbidden Winter Woods.....Curious and drawn into the Winter woods, Tinkerbell discovers a secret that will change her life forever...When Tinkerbell comes face to face with a frosty winter fairy named Periwinkle an amazing secret is unlocked which changes both of their lives forever...

TINKERBELL AND THE SECRET OF THE WINGS is the first 3D movie in the Disney Fairies and features a spectacular voice cast.  Returning to reprise their roles are, Academy Award®-Winner ANJELICA HUSTON (Prizzi’s Honor) as Queen Clarion, MAE WHITMAN (Parenthood) as Tinker Bell, 
LUCY LIU (Southland, Charlie’s Angels) as Silvermist, RAVEN-SYMONÉ (That’s So Raven) as Iridessa, PAMELA ADLON (Californication) as Vidia and MEGAN HILTY (Smash) as Rosetta the Garden Fairy. 
All new characters in the adventure include Lord Milori, voiced by TIMOTHY DALTON (Chuck, The Living Daylights), supercool frost Fairies, Sled and Spike who are voiced by MATT LANTER (90210) and DEBBY RYAN (Disney Channel’s Jesse) as Spike respectively and LUCY HALE (ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars).voices the sparkling new winter fairy, Periwinkle. Disney legend JODI BENSON (Ariel in The Little Mermaid) also provides the comic voice of the Healing Fairy.
Introducing a whole new cast of winter fairies, Periwinkle is Disney’s first animated character to have her hair designed by a leading hair stylist.  Dubbed “The hottest hairdresser in Hollywood”, Ken Paves created her edgy design - he is one of the world’s foremost hairstylists.
I was absolutely drawn into the magical world of Tinkerbell the animation 3D effects were breathtakingly amazing as you followed Tinkerbell of her journey into the icy Winter woods....heartwarming characters and an interesting story line kept me intrigued and in ewe of yet another magical Disney movie...
My boys loved the movie as much as I did....and couldn't stop talking about the movie and reliving those impressive moments that stay with you..long after the movie ended.
An amazing movie....that we all can't wait to watch again...Not just for the kids...but a movie for all...My boys have already requested the DVD.....when it released..and I think me and the hubby will joining them too.

Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings -  in Cinemas from December 14th 2012
                
Additional Clips and Activity Sheets Download (Crafts and Recipes, Colouring Sheets)

Entertain the little ones this weekend with a Christmas Disney Fairy Treasure Hunt...
It's a lovely , easy activity to print off and do at home.
Click  TinkerBell Treasure Hunt to download

Having Fun...in May Fair Hotel
Joining in Activities before the Movie
Posing for pictures..before indulging in Cupcakes....

I Received complementary family tickets to attend the Gala Premiere . ...All views I have shared are that of my own ...and I remain Honest in my views and opinions...I have included some press release information for the informative purposes.

#silentsunday



                                                       Silent Sunday

Jingle Bells Book - Review


Jingle Bells Book and CD - The Jingle Bells Book features 18 Christmas tunes with melody line and chord symbols...ideal for Guitar or Recorder, keyboard and the Ukulele...The pack helps encourage your child to sing along...with fun backing tracks and features  sing-along versions of all the songs...
The book also has fun filled activity page Christmas scenes and stickers.




The Audio CD of Songs
  • Deck The Halls
  • Ding Dong! Merrily on High
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • The Holly And The Ivy
  • O Holy Night
  • The First Nowell
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • In Dulci Jubilo
  • Jingle Bells
  • O Christmas Tree
  • O, Come all Ye Faithful
  • Once InRoyal Davids City
  • Silent Night
  • Sussex Carol
  • Unto Us A Boy Is Born
  • We Three Kings
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas 
  • While Shepard's Watched
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