Saturday, 25 October 2014

Half Term Halloween Fun In Northumberland....


 Budding Artists Pumpkin Carving.
Saturday 25th October until Friday 31st October - The Alnwick Garden, Greenwell Road, Alnwick, NE66 1NQ

11.00am - 4.00pm each day.
Price £3.50 per pumpkin which includes scooping and carving at The Garden.

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Halloween Spooktacular.
25th October until 31st October - Whitehouse Farm Centre, North Whitehouse Farm, NE61 6AW

Are you brave enough to visit Whitehouse Farm Centre during their hair raising Halloween Spooktacular Event? Every day in the Grim Grotto budding witches and wizards can cast a spell at Magic Merlin’s School and join in the Halloween themed games with prizes to be won. Pumpkins can be bought and made into lanterns with the help of Penny Pumpkin.

Then if you dare, creep through the Walkway of Terror! Weave your way around the Spider’s Lair, Catacombs, Bat Chamber and Chop Shop but don’t disturb the ghostly spirits in the spooky sitting room and grave yard. See if you can find some of the witches from Flying School as they have lost their way around the farm, plus you may bump into some odd characters as the staff get dressed up too. Come in Fancy Dress and take part in the Daily Monster Parade and you could win a gift voucher for best costume. Have a hoot with the Owls and get close to some beasties in the Creepy Critter Shows.


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Pumpkin Trail.
Saturday 25th October until Sunday 2nd November. Woodhorn QEII Country Park Ashington NE63 9YF


Explore Woodhorn's historic colliery buildings to find the hidden pumpkins and complete the special trail! Take your completed trail sheet back to the Welcome Desk to receive a spooky treat! Suggested donation 50p per trail sheet.

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 Half Term Zoo Club.
Monday 27th October until Friday 31st October - Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 0AQ


A whole week of events to bring out your inner zoo keeper! Every day there will be different activities for you to join in with including helping the keepers with their daily checks, feeding the lemurs, training the cockatoos and walking the Shetland ponies. Book between one and five days, the choice is yours!

£30 per day with a 20% discount when booking all five days, open for children aged 9-15, lunch included. Booking is essential so contact us today to book your place!

Kirkly Hall Zoo.

Pirates & Princesses The Halloween Adventure.
Tuesday 28th October -  Seahouses Hub, End of Southfield Avenue, Seahouses, Northumberland, NE68 7YT


Join Fairy Tink and The Ice Queen on this two hour swashbuckling Halloween adventure. Pirate Pumpkin has stolen Tinks magic fairy wand ! Tink and The Ice Queen will need your little ones help to get it back, along the way there will be ghastly obstacles, ghoulish challenges, pirate games & prizes ,crafty activities, pirate picnic, unlimited juice & party bag, face painting

Events at 11:30am - 1:30pm or 2:30am - 4:30pm

Tickets £15 per child includes free adult place

Hopscotch Entertainment 

Headway Arts Big Draw.
Friday 31st October - Keel Row Shopping Centre, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 1AH


From 11am until 4pm on 31st October
draw webs, labyrinths and patterns on the floor with Headway Arts to create ‘our world’ and casting spells on those who say they can't draw because we know everyone can and the spell will make it happen.

Headway Arts telephone number: 01670 351962

 Headway Arts

 Pumpkin Parade.
Friday 31st October The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, NE66 1NQ


The Alnwick Garden’s Pumpkin Parade is one of the most evocative, and splendidly spooky, events of the year. When you carve one of our pumpkins you will receive a free ticket into The Garden on 31st October from 5:30pm onwards to join in with our pumpkin parade at 6pm. If you have your own pumpkin bring it along and join in the fun. This event will take place at 6pm and is free with admission. 


Have you any plans for the half term holidays?
 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Things have got better and better......

I have struggled to pick just one word to sum up this week......It's had it's lows and it's highs but as the week has gone on it's got better and better.....So I'm going with....


 It started out pretty rubbish with my Twitter problems but the support I had from lots of lovely bloggers has been amazing Thank you to everyone who tried to help, send virtual hugs and has followed me since I started my new account up! I really do appreciate it...

A lot of good has come of my new account....As I was setting it up I made it more connected to my blog by choosing the name NorthumMam (NorthumberlandMam was too long) and putting a version of my banner on it.....It has made me realise I followed some really random accounts that I had no need to....lol Some which hadn't been used in months....I have also come across lots of new people who were kind enough to follow me.....New friends are always good....

I used to enter a lot of competitions on Twitter.....Sometimes a couple of hundred a day but this week I haven't entered many at all....It has improved my Twitter feed as I'm seeing more tweets from real people instead of having my twitter feed full of companies saying retweet this to win......I thought I would miss it but I'm not...I've gone back to using Prize Finder to enter competitions....Of course I will still enter a few and the one's on blogs which use rafflecopter but nothing compared to what I used to do.....

Monday evening was parents evening for Ellie.....Oh joy I thought....I haven't had the best start to the school year with Ellie's teacher so was expecting the worst....I was very surprised when she said Ellie is fantastic....She is so helpful and is really coming out of her shell.....At the start of term she was quite shy.....Now she is putting her hand up for everything and is growing in confidence every day...She is top of the class in reading which is absolutely brilliant as some of her class are nearly a year older then her (she's was born on August 29th) The only problem which isn't a problem was that she needs to spend less time perfecting her handwriting....She likes to put curls on everything....lol 

Becky has had a bit of bother since the start of term at school with a couple of boys.....There's been a bit of name calling but she has handled it well and now it has improved so much that she is best friends with them.....All thanks to Minecraft....lol They've been playing it at lunchtime on the school computers and it is Becky's new obsession.....It baffles me....lol 

So what turned out at the start a pretty rubbish week has greatly improved as it has gone on.....At 3pm it will be even better....The kids break up for half term.....I'm so looking forward to a break from the routine.....We have nothing planned at the moment but I'm sure it will be fun....

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Pros and Cons of Big Boobs....


The Pros

 Women wish they have half of what you’ve got...

Even a big belly doesn’t look big because the breasts stick out more.... 


 Some dresses are just made to be filled out at the top....

They are attention grabbers. 

No need for push-up bras or inserts!!

Boobs can act like a makeshift shelf. You can rest an assortment of different things on them from a bowl of cereal to your remote control...


 You can use your boobs to make space for yourself in a crowd.

Everyone can read what is written on your T-shirt.

Effortless cleavage!!

 But on the flip side....

The Cons

Hugging becomes pretty awkward because your boobs reach the person before your arms do....

Having to hold your boobs as you walk down the stairs or run!

Your towel can never be securely wrapped around your chest! 

 
You can pretty much never go without a bra!!

Trying to squeeze by people at a crowded place without rubbing your chest against them. (It’s impossible.)

People ask what size bra you are. Rude!

Seatbelts and cross body bags are the enemy!!

Boob sweat is a thing!!


 The phrase, “Anything more than a handful is a waste. Shut Up!

No one has made eye contact upon meeting you since puberty!!

Your friends tell you how they wish they had your problem....

Strapless tops are just impossible! 

I have bigish boobs and even with all the cons I wouldn't change them for all the tea in China....hehehe
 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

What's On My Phone Tag!

I saw this tag over on The Brunette Says...
I love my phone and can't believe I managed so long without a smart phone....


Type of Phone:  
Samsung Galaxy S5

  Last call made: 
Was to Stu....He was upstairs....I was checking he was recording something....It's a good job we get free phone calls to each other.

 Last call received:
My dad....He was asking what his home phone number was....In his defense he has just moved house and got a new phone number but he is a plonker at times he never added it to his mobile phone....lol

Last text message sent:


Last text message received:


It was from Becky's school....(I blanked out the school name) An error had been made with the homework....No wonder Becky didn't have a clue....lol

 Last notification: 

I'm not actually sure....Most probably a Facebook notification for Candy Crush, Pet Rescue Saga or Papa Pear Saga....My favourite games....hehehe

Most used app:

Apart from the Social media one's it's probably the Tesco Grocery or Sky App.....

 
The kids always move the remote so I use the Sky App to change the TV over.....I also change it over to control the Sky box upstairs and I can keep an eye on what they're watching and switch it off if they mess about....hehehe

 The Tesco App is very useful....Very handy to be able to add things to the list for the weekly shop when I'm not on the computer....

Last app used:
 
Candy Crush Saga....I love that game!

   
Last app downloaded:
 
The last app I downloaded was probably Timehop....

 Home Screen:

 
I just use one of the Samsung one's....Nothing fancy and yes I've just noticed my weather hasn't updated for nearly a month....I never even noticed....Where I live it seems like it's grey and cloudy most of the time.....lol

I am tagging you all to join in with this!!
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

First steps in Biology - Shrimps - Review!!

We have been trying out another fantastic kit from the lovely people at Science 4 You


 This time it was the First steps in Biology - Shrimps set...

This kit contains everything you need to grow your own shrimps......

- Aquarium (with a lid)
- Plastic cup
- Decorative sand
- Tinfoil bag with shrimp\'s eggs
- Pipette
- Food (powdered milk and fruit juice)

- A  28 page booklet which explains what shrimps are...why are their eggs so resistant...All about the shrimps life cycle and how to grow your own shrimps.....


 This was so simple to set up....The instruction booklet is easy to understand....So much so that Becky set this up herself and talked me through it.....
 

You add the sand fill it with water, add a little air to the water using the pipette and then add the packet of eggs....That is it!!

After 3 days you mix the food provided which is just powdered milk and fruit juice with some water to feed the shrimps....

You then add 5ml of food to the tank until day 8 where it changes to 10ml.....

After about 6 days we noticed our little shrimps had hatched....There was much excitement about this.... Obviously we had to look closely to see them but they were definitely there....

We have continued feeding them and every day we can see more and more of them and they are definitely growing....

Ellie's take on this kit was "this kit is just like growing something...like plants but growing plants is boring these are REAL live creatures....She thinks she has got one up on me too...I have always said we are not getting any pets but to her these are pets! lol I'm actually quite surprised she hasn't tried to name them all yet....



 This is a great kit.....You are not going to see things happening straight away it's all about being patient which is a good thing for children to learn as well as all the scientific aspects of this activity....

It is such a weird concept that you add water to the dried eggs and they come alive but it works and I found it fascinating....

I'm very interested to see how big they grow and how long they last.....

This kit costs £12.99 which I think is great price for something like this....If I wasn't sent this to review it would have been very tempted to buy Becky this for Christmas!

You can buy this kit via the Science 4 You website or their Amazon Shop.....

http://www.science4youtoys.co.ukhttp://myfamilyfever.co.uk/tried-tested/

I was sent this Science Kit free of charge to try....This is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own... 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

http://www.athomewithmrsm.com/

Monday again....The start of a new week and the last one at school before half term.....I'm so glad! We need a break from the routine I think...

Last weeks meal plan went fine until we got to the weekend.....Saturday was just a wasted day.....I had Twitter problems which ended up with me making a new account....I ended up not eating all day (I just can't eat when I'm stressed) By about 6pm I felt rotten from not eating and craved takeaway.... So that's what we had....

So this week I have a few parcels coming which I'll have to wait in for.....All Christmas presents I've ordered.....I must take stock of what I have already and work out who else I need to buy for....We have Ellie's parents evening after school today which should be interesting and on Friday I'm helping at the school with the PTA....The kids are having a disco so that should be a lot of fun....

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Tomato soup with sausage rolls to dip in...
Tuesday - Corned Beef hash & Baked beans....
Wednesday - Chinese pork ribs and rice....I found this gorgeous Chinese Marinade Seasoning in Tesco that is just so tasty.... 

Thursday - Chicken casserole, mash and veg....
Friday - Fish finger sandwiches.... 
Saturday - Hopefully this Saturday will be less stressful so we'll try again to make the Paella and Stu is going to try to make Churros too.... 
Sunday - Roast chicken dinner....
 
 As always I've joined in with the wonderful Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky....

http://twitter.com/NorthumMam