Point + Shoot – Conkers and Comfort Food

21.10.14

This weekend was a relatively quiet one, apart from the crazy bit where we remembered my driving license was just about to expire and had to do a mad dash to get new photos taken and send off the form and cheque *grumble grumble*!

The kiddos spent a lot of time playing with conkers, lounging on the sofa, drawing, reading, playing in the garden, donning fancy dress and relaxing with hot chocolate.

I got 4 magazines through the mail so spent a great deal of time drinking tea and oohing and ahhing over the gorgeous photography and writing. Jonny spent a lot of his weekend pondering all things hi-fi and mending the dodgy light switch in the hallway.

We enjoyed a weekend of delicious comfort food, homemade apple Danish for breakfast, egg fried rice for lunch one day and pork pie and scotch eggs the next, shepherds pie for dinner and jam tarts for a tasty, treaty snack.

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As always BBC 6 Music was the soundtrack to our days off. The sound of Cerys Matthews on a Sunday morning is pure perfection, she plays such an eclectic mix of music and the sound of her voice is just gorgeous. If you’re not a regular listener I cannot urge you strongly enough to give the station a go.

Even though we may not have achieved a whole lot it was the weekend we all needed. Proper family time, cuddling under blankets, blowing off steam outside and being together.

What did you do this weekend? Hope you had lovely weather like we did for most of it.


Posted in category: Point & Shoot

Point + Shoot – 21st October 2014

21.10.14

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Good morning lovely people, hope you had a fab weekend, welcome to the first of the new look Point + Shoot linkies.

As of today Point + Shoot is co-hosted by the super duper and utterly brill, Aby from You Baby Me Mummy. Together we’ve come up with a couple of changes, the most obvious being, bumping the linky from Monday to a Tuesday to give people more time to write their posts should they want to play along.

How to Play Along

The concept is super simple, basically just sharing photos of your weekend

  • You can link up to 1 post per week!  Be sure to paste the Point + Shoot badge on the post you would like to link up (code below – paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform).

  • Comment on the current post to say hi!

  • Comment on at least 2 other links – share the love, it is what linkies are all about.

  • It would also be great if you could share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #PointShoot) on your social media channels to help grow the community. Aby and I will also retweet your posts if you mention us in your tweets! (@youbabymemummy/@snowingindoors)

  • Finally, if you could please follow You Baby Me Mummy (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) and snowingindoors (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) that would be fantastic!

You don’t have to play every week, just drop by when you have something to share. You don’t need a fancy DSLR either, a phone camera works just as well.

As for the photos, they can be absolutely anything, if you saw it, or did it, at the weekend, then photograph it and link up.

The full blurb, and history of the linky can be found in the menu bar at the top of the page

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Posted in category: general life

Personalising My Desk

20.10.14

A couple of years ago we moved our desks into the bedroom to free up more room downstairs. As we only have the one computer right now Jonny and I are sharing a desk and all of our combined bits and bobs were piled on top of it.

Add to that all the toys that kids brought through to show us and then left there and all the toys that needed fixing or new batteries also seemed to end up there too. Pens were strewn across the desk, wires everywhere – it was just a big old mess.

Last month I lost my blogging mojo at the same time as a number of other bloggers. The lovely Karin, creator of the #3GoodThings hashtag, suggested that it might be down to where we worked and it occurred to me that she was totally right.

The area I faced when I wanted to get creative was all jumbled and messy, not a state conducive to a calm mind and a thing I hate anywhere in the house.

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I roped in Jonny and we started thinning out all the rubbish that had landed on the desk and never been used or tidied away afterwards. He moved the printer away and then I got down to the business of putting my personal stamp on the corner of the room.

The first thing I did was add some LEGO minifigures, afterall they make everything better. The Lone Ranger now holds onto my camera cable on the lamp base while I have a selection of my favourites on top of the Mac, including the mini-me I made in Cardiff.

I found 2 photos of the kids to add to the wall. I also ‘rescued’ a cute tiger postcard from the goodie bag Annie got at the Literature Festival and stuck that up.

I finally found a home for my Danbo figure that Jonny bought me the birthday before Annie arrived and I added the world’s smallest conker to my desk to remind me to go outside occasionally!

I then went on a miniature ‘spending spree’ and treated myself to a mini chalk board for my to do list, some bunting, a vintage Australia travel poster and (even though I didn’t go this year) a poster from The Good Life Experience. I got a pen pot from Ikea and an Ewok bobble head, and viola, my happy little corner of the house.

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Over the next couple of months I hope to replace the lamp with a string of lovely, and bright, fairy lights and add more photos to the wall.

I’m loving the changes and since it’s been like this I’ve done far more work and felt way more positive about blogging and photography.

Poor old Jon now works in an oasis of ‘Em based calm and tranquility’, he’s not complaining too much though, I think it’s just spurring him on to buy another Mac to use at his own desk!

What about you, do you have a corner of your home to call yours? Where do you blog or bust out your creativity?


Posted in category: anxiety & depression

Double Flip Review – The Toadstool

18.10.14

Last week the kiddos got a fab parcel in the mail, two Double Flip activity packs to review from The Toadstool.

It was one of the few times that Ez was happy his sister was at school because it meant he got first play with the new goodies!

Double Flip make a range of clothes, activities and toys that are all reversible or double sided. We received the Fun and Games Mat and the Paint or Bake Pack.

First up we explored the Fun and Games Mat. It’s suitable from ages 3 and up and contains a large double sided fabric mat (100cm by 120cm) that can be drawn on or used as a game board and is easily big enough for 2 children to play on at the same time. It also comes with 5 dice, 6 playing counters and a pack of double ended washable pens.

Ez is too young to full understand board games but loved colouring in and doodling all over the mat. He also really enjoyed playing with the counters and dice. When Annie got home she joined in too and soon the mat was full of colour and drawings.

Because the mat is double sided that fun and games can last even longer, you just flip the mat over and you’re treated to a blank new canvas. Then you simply put it through the washing machine and start over again.

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The Double Flip Fun and Games Mat would be perfect for taking away on holiday because it comes with a handy carry bag and it kept the kiddos happily occupied for ages. This will certainly be going into our camping bag next summer as it’s perfect for spreading out on the grass, or inside the tent if it’s a rainy day.

Also I loved the wide range of activities included on the mat, colouring and drawing challenges, word searches, dot to dot as well as the board games.

The second pack was the Paint or Bake Pack and contained a reversible apron, wooden rolling pin, 2 metal star cookie cutters, a paint brush and water colour paint set.

The baking side of the apron has a handy pocket while the arts and craft side is wipe clean, very useful!

Ez and I decided to do a little baking the following day and he loved wearing his apron and cutting out the pastry. The wooden rolling pin is a Tala one so a recognised make and really good quality.

The baking accessories are perfectly sized for smaller hands and helps ensure the kiddo’s really feel like this is their set and not Mum or Dad’s. The apron is well made and comes in a choice of two designs.

The painting set included was a really nice one and both kids enjoyed donning the wipeable apron and getting all creative.


The Paint or Bake Pack is a perfect wet weather pack, so it arrived just in time for our run of less than pleasant weather.

I really liked how the set had everything you would need to bake or paint with a child, these kits would make perfect presents and you wouldn’t need to add anything to them to make them enjoyable (no batteries required!).

The other lovely thing was how creative both sets were, how they encouraged imaginative play, drawing skills or learning to cook. This is the sort of idea we love to pull out on screen free days.

Both of these sets are available from The Toadstool, who have just had a website makeover so head over and see what you think of the new look.

Disclosure: I was sent both kits free for the purpose of conducting this review. My participation is voluntary and my opinions, as always, are my own. No monetary compensation was given.


Posted in category: The Toadstool

Outdoor Toys For Kids

17.10.14

For me, the best thing about the summer was the ability to throw the kids out in the garden and let them entertain themselves and wear themselves out, I really miss summer!!

I made sure that there were plenty of activities for them to choose from to encourage independent play.

Over the past two years we’ve been creating quite an eclectic catalogue of toys for kids, chalks, bubble machine, climbing frame, sprinkler, swings, trampoline, ride in cars, water table, sand pit and so many shapes and sizes of balls!

Sounds like a lot but I’m a proper bargain hunter when it comes to toys for the kids.

I’m always on the look out for a bargain, and if I spot one it’s hard to say no. I have a local search saved for outdoor toys for kids, I keep an eye out when walking around supermarkets and often browse the range available at Tesco Direct for mid or end of season deals.

It was this way I got the kid’s Pirate Ship Water Table, I knew they’d love it but couldn’t justify paying full price, so I waited until I got lucky, it was reduced in price and I scooped a real deal.

I love buying toys like this, they don’t need to cost the earth to provide hours of fun, second hand or supermarket bargain is just as good as super expensive.

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We also found this year that the kids loved playing with regular plastic cups and plates as much as any other toy. I ‘ate’ many a garden based meal of stones, grass clippings and wood chips, washed down with mugs of pretend tea.

Ultimately whatever you buy, you will still hear cries of, ‘I’m bored’, so I always like to keep something back for those times, maybe some water bombs, put the sprinkler on the lawn or get a blanket out for them to use as a picnic met / den / reading area etc.

What garden toys bargains have you bagged recently? What are your children’s favourite outdoor toys? Where do you buy your outdoor toys for kids from?

 

Disclaimer: This post was written for Tesco. All opinions are my own.


Posted in category: the kiddos