Saturday, 22 November 2014

365 Project 2014 Days 313 - 326


Day 313 - Miss C has a thing for One Direction at the moment
Day 314 - How she still has space with all those toys, I don't know!
Day 315 - Z working hard on a school project
Day 316 - Miss C was in a stable apparently
Day 317 - Spaghetti with thai inspired cod
Day 318 - After fruit loaf for snack at nursery, I just had to get my own
Day 319 - Miss C had made a cosy bed in my washing basket


Day 320 - Z at his karate competition
Day 321 - Miss C had a trip to the library and got some new books
Day 322 - Z reading his Beano magazine
Day 323 - Z was off school as he felt really unwell
Day 324 - Miss C made herself a den with my cushions
Day 325 - Z and his best friend (who you can't see) making funny faces
Day 326 - I picked up some Christmas movies for just £8 - bargain!

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Party, Party, Party from Orchard Toys - Review

The second game we received in our Orchard Toy delivery a few weeks ago is Party, Party, Party! This is a game that I have bought as a gift but I've been itching to get it for Miss C to play, so we were really happy to be offered it for review. It looks like such a fun game!


Party, Party, Party! is suitable for 2-4 players and is aimed at ages 5-9. I feel the age range is pretty spot on for this game. The game encourages social skills, turn-taking, counting skills and observation skills.

Inside the box you get:

A jigsaw playing board
4 handbags
8 character pieces and stands
28 picture cards
A dice

The idea of the game is to fill your handbag with 5 accessories and 1 present and then head to the party in the middle of the board. Play starts with the youngest player. As you move around the board, you have to collect the accessories you land on, determined by the number you roll on the dice and the picture on the playing board. If someone already has the accessories you land on then you have to wait until your next turn. If you land on a white square with a pink arrow and a mobile phone picture, you have to call another player and you can tell them to lose an accessory. If you land on a white square with a pink arrow, you can choose any accessory to pop in your bag. If you land on a dropped handbag square, you have to lose one of the accessories in your bag.


Miss C was very excited to get the little handbags out and choose her character. Z was also excited to play. It might be seen as quite a girly game because of the handbags and the girly themed accessories but Z didn't mention it. He just loves a good board game. Miss C got a bit competitive and enjoyed phoning Daddy to tell him to lose something from his handbag. She wasn't so keen when she dropped her bag though!

Party, Party, Party! is priced at £11.75 which I feel is a good price for the game. The pieces are well-made and the concept of the game is really fun. It's a great family game!

There are lots of games and jigsaws available from Orchard Toys that would suit children from as young as 18 months right up to age 6. There aren't many games aimed at the older children in the family however, Z really recommends the World Map Puzzle and the Great Britain and Ireland Puzzle. The detail and information on both of these puzzles is fantastic and they'd make a great gift for children who are interested in Geography and the World and really handy for any school projects.

My own personal recommendations would be Can you Guess?, Greedy Gorilla, Animal Safari and Magic Cauldron.

You can also check out Orchard Toys Top Ten Christmas Gifts for some inspiration too.

Are you a fan of Orchard Toys? Which are your favourites?

We received Party, Party, Party! for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 


Friday, 21 November 2014

The November we got Snow #FlashbackFriday

Apparently it is going to get pretty cold in the UK next week. Whether it will or not will be decided then but I remember back in 2010 when it did snow in November.


Z was pretty excited to see the snow again. He wanted to build a snowman (don't tell Anna!) but there wasn't enough snow. He had fun running around in it though and making small snowballs.


Miss C was pretty indifferent about the snow situation. This was her first experience of snow as a toddler. She looked at it, stomped in it and decided she much preferred a dry ground. A bit like me really. I'm dreading the weather turning bad, if it does. Bring on Summer.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Me & You #11


The dreaded lurgy has found its way in to our house which means I haven't had time or the acceptable appearance to take a photo of Husband and I in time for this month's Me & You post. Not to worry, once we're feeling better, I'll get one for November 2014 but in the meantime, I'm sharing this photo of us in November 2013.

I don't think we knew we were getting our photo taken and that's why I really love this photo. It's completely natural. We were laughing so hard and I think it shows us as a couple for what we love doing; laughing and having fun together.

And we were probably drunk as skunks!

dear beautiful


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Being a Parent #TheGallery


Becoming a parent is exciting
It also fills you with dread
What am I supposed to do with this baby?
What if I drop it on its head?

Becoming a parent is an eyeopener
There's no instruction guide
The baby is crying or cooing
And often you want to hide

Becoming a parent is crazy
Often cause you are sleep deprived
The baby is always awake it seems
Or maybe it sleeps without closing its eyes

Becoming a parent is joyful
Especially when you see that first smile
The sickness, the sleepless nights and poo
For that one smile it was all worth while

Becoming a parent
Time doesn't stop
The hands turn faster
On the life clock

Becoming a parent
You blink and they've grown
They are no longer babies or toddlers
They've got a mind of their own

Being a parent to my children
Is such a fulfilling duty
For there is love, friendship, wisdom
Strength, courage and beauty



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