Thursday, 19 April 2012

What's the Time Mr Wolf?

I won a mystery prize via twitter last week from Orchard Toys, so imagine my excitement when a huge box turned up and Boo squeaked excitedly that it was from Orchard Toys! (He is far to bright sometimes and he recognised the logo on the tape securing the box!). We were delighted when we opened the box and discovered a fantastic children's game:

The game didn't stay in the box long, initially I was a bit worried as the suggested age is 5+ but, Boo was desperate to have a go! He loved setting the game up, dare I confess to being unable to actually put the board together?? Yes...I am useless at puzzles even ones with only 4 pieces, luckily Boo is much better at that sort of thing! He loved Grandma's house and Orchard Toys send that assembled so no 'fiddly' bits to put together!

 The instructions suggest that if there are just two of you playing, you double up on characters but playing with just one character each kept it simple for us! The aim of the game is to be the first person to Grandma's house, and you need to avoid the Wolf! Boo is good at counting and insisted on counting the places for each of us (probably good as I am a bit over competitive). There is a great spinner which is a clock face, and tells you when it's 'Dinner Time', we had great fun asking the Wolf what the time was and when it was between 12 & 1 shouting "dinner time!". It's a great introduction to recognising the numbers on a clock face!

As a parent, I like the fact it is educational - counting, number recognition - and yet it also allows you to tell the story of the big bad wolf so it inspires their imaginations. Boo loves the fact it is brightly coloured, he takes part in an adventure to Grandma's house, and he occasionally gets to shout "Dinner Time". We love it!

Thank you to Orchard Toys for sending us such a lovely prize! Please note, this is not a sponsored post, and I was not asked to write it, I just wanted to share how delighted we are with the game!  

Please note, this game has recently been discontinued, so is no longer available online, but it may still be available in your local toy shop so have a look!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

I'm supporting! With Next.

This year I'm showing my support for the athletes of the Olympic games with my Next supporters scarf! Next have designed two scarves to celebrate the British Olympic and Paralympic teams, all money raised will be donated to the British Olympic Association. The scarves cost £5 or £10 depending on whether you want a small or large scarf, and you can choose between two designs.

I was sent the Paralympic scarf, and I will be wearing it proudly all summer! Next are currently running a contest where you can upload a photograph of how you will style your scarf in their Wear it, Wave it and Win prize draw!

I love the idea of wearing this scarf to all sorts of occasions, and as it's a British Olympic team supporter scarf, I decided to turn it into a brooch and shaped it as an English rose (well kind of..I'm still learning!!)..what do you think? 

For days when I really want to show my support, I've left the scarf trailing slightly so you can see the Team GB logo, which I think is slightly more elegant!

How would you wear your Next British Olympic & Paralympic Team Supporter Scarf?

Monday, 16 April 2012

The waiting game..Primary School Admissions..

I'm waiting, fairly impatiently, to learn if Boo has got into the village primary school I want him to attend. I haven't felt so on edge since I was awaiting my A'level results and the realisation that if I didn't get the grades I wouldn't be going to the University of my dreams. I'm grouchy, and restless, wondering why the process takes so long, and hoping that by some miracle the heavily oversubscribed little school has space for my little boy.
If we don't get in then what? we join the waiting list, and consider our options. Mr G and I are discussing what we will do assuming we don't get a place, and are left with the option to put him in the huge primary which is a fairly rough and ready affair..I can't see us doing it? 

Are you waiting to see what primary school place your child has been offered? How are you feeling?

Zoflora and the London Pet Show '12

The London Pet Show takes place on the 12th & 13th May '12 at Earls Court Two, London. Zoflora proudly sponsor the World of Cats and Animal Action Area, Zoflora is a disinfectant which helps you keep on top of nasty pet smells and bacteria!
Zoflora kindly sent us a sample of their spring fragrance, and we were delighted to get the chance to try it out with Boo's new pet rabbit's hutch.

We made sure Nibbles was safe away from the hutch and that we had enough time to ensure the hutch was dry before we returned her to it. Having cleaned out all the sawdust and hay, we diluted some Zoflora according to the instructions - and you really don't need very much! That tiny bottle goes a very long way! Giving the hutch a good wipe, especially in the area she uses as a toilet, there was an instant reduction in the smell and instead we could smell subtle fresh flowers! Once the hutch was dry we filled it with sawdust and hay as normal, and the Zoflora fragrance was still noticeable. I love the fact Zoflora is pet safe you just need to follow the instructions and make sure the surfaces are dry before you return your pet to the disinfected area!

You can get plenty of tips from the Zoflora team at the London Pet Show, as well as tips on how to care for your pet from a variety of experts. Readers of the blog can get 20% off pre-booked tickets using code: Zoflora4 

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