Thursday, 26 November 2015

Family Games....10 of the best!

As a child on Christmas day after we'd stuffed ourselves with turkey we would always play games as a family and now with my girls the same thing happens....Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without settling down to an afternoon of family fun playing some games....

These are some of mine and my girls favourite games....Some we want and some we have played and loved....Usually on these types of posts I would tell you the prices and the cheapest place to get it but with it coming up to Christmas the prices are changing all the time so do shop around. 

***I wrote this before we reviewed Disney Pictopia...I would have to add that to this list too!***

Around about £20.

The exciting Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted! Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the hand of this hilarious game unit and start turning the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face! You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced, and the one who scores 25 points wins. Take some risks and hope for the best in this hilarious game! 
From £24 to £30

Shout is the explosive Team Game of looking, linking and thinking! One team asks a question and the other must shout out as many correct answers in the time provided. Then the roles are reversed. It sound simple enough but with the timer always ticking, don t be surprised if you start feeling the pressure! Shout is great fun for for 2+ players and ages over 12. 

From £14 to £20

2-4 Players The Magic Tooth Fairy Game "magically" changes teeth into glittering gold coins in front of your eyes! When a kid loses a play-tooth they place it under the Magic Bed's pillow, plunge the Tooth Fairy Wand and hey presto their tooth has turned into a gold coin. Great game play recreates all the tension and excitement of losing a tooth - including that Wobbly Tooth Dilemma: do you have the courage to pull your tooth out - or don't you?


Fast-paced, fun-packed Dobble sees players find the one matching symbol between one card and another before their opponents, with each mini-game requiring them to pick up as many cards as possible or the the quickest to get rid of them! Simple, quick and easy to learn, this game will make the perfect stocking filler for children and adults alike! We reviewed Dobble Kids a while ago and absolutely loved it.

LOGO What Am I? Game
Between £17 and £20.

Kids will love this Logo What am I? board game and they will be surprised with how much they know about their favourite products! From chocolate to cereal, football to flowers, we are exposed to lots of logos! This board game will let kids 'guess it,' 'draw it,' or 'describe it', and they will build confidence along the way!

Hotel Tycoon
Around about £20

The game sees players try to buy and build the best hotels, earning the most money and bankrupting their opponents. As in Monopoly, money is earned by players who end up on one of the entrances of your hotels, after their dice roll. The more luxurious the hotel, the more money a guest will earn you! With eye-catching 3D hotels, the game offers many hours of family fun. We reviewed it not so long ago....

Gogglebox ~ The TV Trivia Board Game.
Between £16 and £25

Gogglebox is a fun-packed TV trivia board game based on the BAFTA winning observational documentary series. Answer TV trivia, ad break questions as well as questions on the Goggleboxers themselves to try and win Gogglebox tokens. The first player to collect 8 Gogglebox tokens and get back to the start is the winner. A game for up to four players.

Disney Frozen Junior Monopoly.
Between £13 and £25

Thaw your frozen friends in this Disney-themed Monopoly game for kids! The fast-trading property game meets the power of snow and ice in this Monopoly Junior game. Kids will join Anna, Elsa and Olaf as they travel through Arendelle and buy its most magical locations. Whoever collects the most cash will thaw their freezing heart and win! 

From £14 to £20.

It's the classic skill game of Operation, now with multitudes of minions! Stuart's having a bad day and it's up to you to fix him. Operate on Stuart to remove the unicorn fluff or fix his nutty noggin and his toxic tongue! Collect all of Stuart's Funatomy parts to win and earn extra points with Minion Medics, but don't set off the buzzer! Are your hands steady enough to win the Despicable Me 2 version of Operation?

Between £10 and £16

Add a twist of fun into any party or family night with the game that ties you up in knots! This Twister game is the classic game with 2 more moves. Give the spinner a whirl and see what’s next as you try to keep your hands and feet on the mat! Right foot red! Can you do it? Left foot green… you got it! If your knee or elbow touches the mat, or you fall over, you’re out. Be the last player standing to win!

Do you play games as a family at Christmas? Have you bought any new one's for Christmas?

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

I need a bigger #wickedwednesdays

A few times a week Ellie will go to bed in her bed and then Stu or I will go up later on and find she has snuck in our room to watch TV....

This is what we found the other night....Her and her teddies are really making themselves at


The Alnwick Garden - A Christmas Tale

A spellbinding festive treat will arrive at The Alnwick Garden this December as A Christmas Tale transforms the renowned attraction into a visual theatre venue complete with animations, projections, lighting and sound.....

Each night from Friday 18th until Wednesday 23rd of December visitors who venture through The Garden will experience a family-friendly seasonal story....
Visual theatre and digital arts production company, Enchanted Places, which is delivering the event for The Alnwick Garden, says A Christmas Tale explores what happens after the Winter Sorcerer has cast his spell. His wickedness will be shown through a series of projections, striking visual effects, sounds, performance and artwork.

 It sounds like a wonderful event suitable for all ages...

The 18th & 19th December sessions starts from 4:15pm & the last session is at 7:30pm...On the 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December the sessions start from 4:15pm & the last session is at 8:30pm

Session length is not limited but the full trail will last approximately one hour....


Adult/Concession £12.00
Child 5-16yrs £7.00
Child 0-4yrs Free
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children 5-16yrs) £32.00

This is a ticketed after hours event so Friend of The Garden membership does not grant you admission. 

If you wish to book A Christmas Tale over the phone there is a £2.50 admin fee. Please call 01665 511354. Office hours 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Christmas Crafts with Baker Ross!

We are part of the Baker Ross Blogger Network which means my girls and I regularly get sent a box of goodies to have a play with...We were sent a selection of their fantastic Christmas crafts....Everything is just so cute. We were keen to get started on our box....

Snowman House Kits

As soon as Ellie saw the Snowman House Kit she was keen to give it a go and she got right stuck in...She followed the instructions herself....She may have had the roof on upside down at one point but she soon figured it our for herself....

There was no glue needed so Ellie needed absolutely no help from me at all....The kit contains a foam house template, a foam base and self-adhesive foam decorations...You just peel the paper off the back of everything and stick it where you want it!

We both thought it was so cute and each kit only costs £1.99 which I think is a bargain!

Angel Peg Doll Kits

By the time Becky got in from school we were ready to start our next activity....Angel peg dolls! In each kit you get 4 angels in different colours. Red, Blue, Pink & White and each kit includes a wooden peg, glitter foam wings, felt pieces, self-adhesive foam pieces, wool, pipe-cleaner and ribbon....

 Aren't they just so cute....They were fun to make and will be going on our Christmas tree....At £3.96 for a pack of 4 this is probably cheaper than some Christmas decorations you can get in the shop. I think these are a lot more special than anything you can buy! 

I remember making something like these when I was a child at school....It brought back wonderful memories.

The lanterns show various Nativity scenes and each kit includes card lantern templates and coloured tissue paper....Simply glue the tissue paper to the pre-cut lanterns, glue together and hang in the light for a brilliant effect....A pack of 4 costs £3.49....

I think these would be great with tea lights in but Becky has came up with another use for them....She said they would be great to fill with sweets like those from Roses or Quality street and they would make a fantastic, cheap gift for someone for Christmas....

The crafts from Baker Ross never fail to impress me....My girls love them and had a wonderful time making these crafts. We still have a couple of the crafts to try out from our box which we will be soon....
Family Fever
We were sent a box of craft goodies from Baker Ross in exchange for this post.....This is our honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


Good morning.....We had a lovely weekend! I had my Indian takeaway on Saturday for my birthday and it was amazing. Stu made a huge pan of Ham and vegetable soup on Saturday which we had yesterday for lunch....He's going to make it again at the weekend as it was so good! All it is is grated veg...Turnip, carrots, onions, leeks, a packet of Tesco's soup and broth mix which has barley, split peas and lentils in, vegetable stock and a joint of unsmoked gammon joint chopped up.....Amazing!!

Jess at Our Baby Blog shared some Winter Warmer Recipes and they look and sound delicious! I will be including a couple in our meals this week!

This week on the menu we have:

 Monday - We'll grab something on the way home. Becky is getting her braces tightened....
Wednesday - Fish fingers, chips and beans....
Friday - Pizza....
Saturday - Stu's soup....
Sunday - Probably Stu's soup again....

 As always I've joined in with the wonderful Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky....