Thursday, 30 October 2014

Stay Safe While Trick or Treating....

 For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year.....Some people don't agree with children going out trick or treating but my girls do and a lot of children do where I live....

Just remember to stay safe!!

Plan a route in advance. Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, which can cause sore legs and a bit of frustration. Stick to paths that are well lit and you and your child are familiar with...

Wear comfy shoes. Make sure you and your children are in comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Girls in dresses should avoid heels, and all shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark....

Stay well-lit. Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Also, carry a flashlight with you to keep your child’s path lit at all times....

Avoid any sweets that has loose wrappings or is unwrapped. Small children should have their sweets inspected by an adult before they eat it...

Stop. Look and listen! as simple as this sounds, it can be easy to forget – especially when munching through a bag of Halloween treats! Remember road safety!....

Respect other people and their property. Don't trample through flower beds and gardens. Be polite and say "thank you"

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

I wouldn't let my kids do that....

I survived and had a fantastic childhood but given that I wouldn't let my kids do half the things I was allowed to do!! Thinking back....If my parents parented me now how they did in the 80's I would have been removed from their care....lol

I was allowed to eat sugar sandwiches, had warm tea in a bottle and later when I was about 5 I drank milky coffee...

I remember going in a long trip....My dad would put down the backseats in the car and so it laid flat and then put down pillows and duvets and my brother and I slept.....Not a seat belt in sight!!

I would get raw rhubarb from a neighbours garden and dip it into a bag of sugar....

Sweetie cigarettes....

 
We were allowed to drink Babycham or Advocaat and lemonade at Christmas....

Playing in the park with not an adult in sight....Mega high slides and climbing frames on hard surfaces.....

We used to pinch the orange juice the milk man used to leave on peoples doorsteps...

No crash helmets or knee pads for skateboards or bikes....

Standing outside the staff room at primary school and whenever the door opened seeing all the teachers smoking....

I was able to rent any age video from the newsagents....

 Suntan lotion was not important....

People smoking on buses....

My dad had a skip hire business and my brother and I would root about in the full skips for goodies.....We found so many great toys....Also when the skips were empty and being loaded on the back of the wagon we would get into them and go along for the ride....hehehe

The fizzy pop man used to visit.....Then we used to hunt around the streets for empty bottles and get 20 pence I think it was for them....

I had a jumper with a Gollywog on it :/


Terry nappies with real pins and nappy buckets, with nappies sitting steeping in the bathroom before they went into the washing machine....

Tuck shops at school selling cans of shandy and a lot of sweet treats....My favourite was Rainbow drops...

Jumping of the shed roof onto a trampoline....

My dad sitting me on his lap when he was driving and letting me steer the car....

My friends and I knocked on peoples doors and offered to do odd jobs and wash cars for money...

Standing up on the back seat of the car with our heads through the sunroof...

Being smacked meant you learnt right from wrong pretty fast....

Sitting in the back of my dads Landrover (no seat belts again) waving to cars behind us....If they waved back they would get a smile and the thumbs up.....If not we would pull some awful faces...

Paddling/swimming in the river with no adult supervision....My brother may or may not have walked into a deep part once and went under.....He could hardly swim...All ended well though and I don't think my parents ever found out....

Riding on motorbikes with no helmets...

The warning videos we had showed at school used to terrify me.....Don't play on train tracks, road safety and stranger danger....

Butter was smeared on bruises and burns...

Only going in the bath on a Sunday night before school on Monday.... 

Sitting in the car while my mam and dad smoked...

Cereal with toys in....

Being kicked out of the house in the morning during school holidays with money to buy chips for lunch, and my Mum saying she didn't want to see us until tea time...

What a great childhood I had....

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Halloween Goodies from Poundland...

We have gone a bit Halloween crazy this year...I think it's because it's during the school holidays and on a weekend too....


Halloween Spider Web Garland Party Decoration 2.4m
Glow In The Dark Hanging Skeleton Decoration 4ft
Halloween Tinsel
Halloween Spider Web (We got it in orange)
Halloween Printed Balloons - 18 Pack
Halloween Paper Lantern x2

I'm not usually a fan of orange but isn't it looking fab.....The kids are even more excited now.....

 
And for the party we'll be having on Saturday....


Halloween Party Paper Plates 20 Pack
Halloween Party Paper Bowls 20 Pack
Halloween Party Paper Napkins 30 Pack 2 Ply
Wipe Clean Halloween Table Cloth
Halloween Cupcake Stand
Halloween Trick Or Treat Bowl (We got it in Green, we already have the black one) 

I also bought some sweets and Halloween cakes.....My total bill in Poundland was £18!! You can't really not get in the the Halloween mood for that price.....

These decorations are going to be something we can put away in the cupboard along side the Christmas decorations and we can use them again next year.....


Monday, 27 October 2014

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


Yay! Half term.....I think we need this break from school and we have a few things planned.....Crafts, baking cakes, carving the pumpkins, maybe a day out somewhere and of course Halloween which I have themed our meal plan around.....It's a bit of fun and certainly makes a change from our normal meals.....

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Chicken and stuffing sandwiches...
Tuesday -
Maggoty dustbin pasta....
Wednesday - Spaghetti Hot Dogs with leftover bolognese out of the freezer.... 

Thursday - Pumpkin Ghoulash Soup....I've totally cheated and bought it from Tesco!
Friday - Burgers in
in buns....
Saturday - A party tea....Pizza, crisps, sausage rolls, sandwiches and lots of Halloween cakes.... 
Sunday - Toad in the hole....
 
 As always I've joined in with the wonderful Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky....

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Science 4 You - Soap Factory - Review!!

Today I am reviewing another fantastic kit from the wonderful people at Science 4 You.

This time we had some fun with Soap Factory....This kit has everything you need to make your own soap....

 
- Protective goggles, Gloves, Pink food colouring, Yellow food colouring, Blue food colouring, Pipettes, Wooden spatulas, Plastic molds for soap, Glitter, Test tubes with lids, Soap base, Tangerine scent, Apple scent, Satin ribbons and Plastic film....

Also included is a 36 page coloured book providing detailed instructions and scientific information....The difference between a substance and a mixture, what are the physical states of matter, what is the origin of soaps and how to produce fantastic scented soaps.....A very interesting book indeed....I learned a lot of things.

Both my girls made their own scented, glittery soap......It was so easy to make and a lot of fun.



 The only thing you really need to be careful about is melting the soap base as it does not take long at all in a microwave and it would be easy to burn it or yourself....The soaps take a couple of hours to set and the end result was brilliant...


This kit is for children aged 8 and over but Ellie is only 7 and absolutely loved it....I think it was because glitter was included....lol I think with things like this as long as they are supervised age does not really matter....

I think I am going to have to have a look for more of the soap base mix so we can make lots more....Included in the kit is plastic wrap and ribbons so you can make gifts....The girls have already said they would love to make some soap for my Aunty Jean and their Aunty Louise for Christmas....Such a lovely idea.

This kit costs £19.99 which I think is fantastic price for something like this....You can buy this kit via the Science 4 You website or their Amazon Shop.....

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I was sent the Soap Factory kit free of charge to try....This is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own...

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?