Saturday, 1 September 2012

The Great Declutter..

Since having children, I've realised that I am living in the world of clutter. I refuse to get rid of anything which might be useful at a later date! This has led to many arguments with Mr G who is a minimalist by nature, and famously threw the Christmas presents away one year as the bag was 'in his way'.. After a conversation with a very dear blogging friend, I decided that enough was enough, the time had come when I had to deal with my clutter. If I considered how many "things" were really important or exceptionally special to me, i could count them on one hand, so how come my house is overflowing?

While Mr G has been out at work I have cleared an entire cupboard, and already can feel the veil of doom lifting! To be able to open the cupboard without being attacked by a box of oddments in our house is a miracle, and I have tackled the worst cupboard today! Hooray! Go me! The charity shop were delighted to get new stock, and someone will be delighted with whatever oddment they might find on their next visit there!

When the children go to bed this evening, I'm going to take the opportunity to deal with the corner of doom - otherwise known as the toy box. I feel ashamed at how many toys they have, and all the toddler and baby toys are sat taking up space when realistically neither child plays with them anymore. I intend to take advantage of Ebay offering free listing until the 9th September and get listing, as the cash would come in handy with Boo starting school and needing new school shoes!

Right on time a charity bag has been popped through the letter box and the bag will be collected on time to fill it with the outgrown clothes and clothes which I haven't worn since becoming a Mummy to Boo in 2008...yes..4 years on there are still some hiding at the back of the wardrobe!

Tomorrow I intend to tackle my shoe collection, something which I have been avoiding for far to long..wish me luck!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Silver Spoons Little Local Hero Awards and the World's Biggest Coffee Morning!

Each year Macmillan Cancer Support help people whose lives are affected by cancer, on 28th September 2012 you can help raise vital funds for the charity by taking part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Whether you organise an event through your friends, work mates, family or even at your school or nursery, (or attend your friends!) the money raised will go to towards funding the amazing work and support Macmillan provide.  You can register to hold a coffee morning here.

On the 24th August, Macmillan and Silver Spoon have launched 'Silver Spoons Little Local Hero Awards'. They are looking for children under 18 who have done something very special and deserving of recognition, whether it be looking after a sick sibling, gone the extra mile to make Mothers Day special or raised money for charity. Eric Lanlard will help judge the winner, and their prize will be a cake of the winners choice baked by Eric himself.

There will also be 10 runners up, who will each receive a hamper of baking goodies form Silver Spoon. To nominate you need to explain in 100 words or less who you are nominating, why and what you would bake them to say 'Thanks!'. I always like to bake chocolate cake to say thanks, how about you?

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Simply Hike - Take Trunki on your Travels!

Simply Hike – camping equipment store, asked if we'd like to review something from their Trunki range! Boo was excited as he got to choose which Trunki he had, within about 30 seconds he decided that he wanted Harley the Ladybird Trunki Suitcase! 

Harley Ladybird Trunki Luggage

If you don't know about Trunki's where have you been?! You will see them in airports around the world, as well as increasingly in camp sites! Yes I did say camp sites, any parent with a young child knows, deciding whether or not you can fit the ride on toy into the car to take camping is not a decision taken lightly! Those extra minutes spent whizzing about on their ride on toy may make the difference to get a good nights sleep! Trunki acts as luggage but also a very sturdy ride on toy!

As soon  as Harley arrived, Boo wasted no time in trying him out, and we thought we'd try to video our experience but unfortunately Boo went a little camera shy!


The great thing about Trunki in my experience is that Boo learns about packing his things for our trips away, and looking after it! The only trouble is teaching him that while bringing his entire car collection may seem like a great idea while we're at home, when we're away he might prefer some other things! There is a suprising amount of space in the trunki, and apart from his shoes we worked out we could actually pack all of Boo's clothes for a week into the case! From a camping point of view, it's ideal as clothes or toys stay clean! The last bag for Boo we took camping with us managed to get milk over it and this resulted in me spending a day hand washing his clothes..yes, a beginners error!

There are two handles to carry Trunki by, and of course a strap to pull Trunki along while your child enjoys the ride, or in Boo's case enjoys pulling the case himself!


Harley the Trunki has proved to be robust, Boo even tested it by launching it down his slide a few times (not that I would recommed you try this but this was in the interests of reviewing) it survived without a scratch!:


Many Thanks to Simply Hike for allowing us to review the Trunki, it has already been on it's first adventure and we look forward to taking it on many more!

Disclaimer: We received the Trunki for the purposes of the review, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Play Fest: Orchard Toys Jungle Express Puzzle!

Jigsaw Puzzles are very popular in our house, Boo loves sitting and taking them time to carefully find each piece, but I do find that I don't necessarily use the puzzle to help Boo to learn as much as I possibly should, sometimes it is difficult to think where to begin! The Jungle Express puzzle from Orchard Toys has a variety of questions suggested to help you get the most from the puzzle! Not only are the numbers nicely displayed on the puzzle but also you get to think about names of the animals riding the train, where they might be going and use simple Mathematics in a fun way!

This was our first video review, and Boo was a little camera shy but I hope you can see how popular with him it is! He's about to start school, and I really hope it will help him to be encouraged to try hard with his Mathematics!

Thanks to IzziWizzi and Orchard Toys for allowing us to review the puzzle for Playfest!