Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The big Robbie Williams twitter and Youtube delivery room debate. A harmless giggle for all involved or would you have punched him in the head after a while?!

Yesterday Robbie Williams fans were kept up to date with proceedings from the delivery room after Robbie and his partner Ayda arrived at the hospital ready for the impending arrival of their second child.

Robbie took to Twitter to keep fans informed of what was happening through a series of messages, pictures and links to Youtube which showed videos of him dancing and singing.

https://twitter.com/robbiewilliams See the full run down on the days events here! 

There was lots of dancing from both Robbie and Ayda, a walk along the corridor were Ayda rubbed Robbies arm as he pretended to have a contraction and some singing. It was a light hearted bit of fun from them both. It seemed Ayda was fully in agreement and, some of the time, joined in.

However, towards the end, especially when Robbie was letting rip on the ever popular Let it Go from Frozen, Ayda snapped at him! I would have done too, it was getting annoying. She was having a contraction, nearing the end of a tiring day and needed all her strength and concentration for the task ahead.

If the OH had sung to me or danced next to me whilst I was in labour it may have stopped him from asking if I was having another contraction or moaning because I never go into labour during the day so he can leave work early?! It may have taken my mind off of the contractions for a while but when you've been in labour for a while the last thing you want is your OH shaking his booty in your face instead of holding your hand!

So my conclusion is this. Ayda and Robbie it was fab to watch and to share your labour journey. Ayda did well not to slap him at certain points but was happy to join in too. Some people think it was too much and others think it was just a bit of fun.

At the end of the day all went well and they have been blessed with a baby boy.

Would you have liked the light heartedness of it all in the labour room when you were in hospital or was it all a bit too much? 

Should have remembered the Louboutins when I was on my way to hospital! 

Monday, 27 October 2014

What's the crack??! Poorly iPods, laptops and now the Kindle. Cracked screens all over the place and lumps of coal for Christmas now.

Oh joys. The Kindle has now received an injury. Thing 2 isn't accepting responsibility but it was found in her bedroom, and it's her Kindle! Its only 10 months old too.

Poorly Kindle. :-(

The long lost iPod that was lost for over a year resurfaced a few months ago. Thing 4 was delighted. We hunted high and low for it when it was lost and we gave up all hope. It was only when I moved Thing 3's bed that I discovered it, although I had looked there previously so it was well hidden! I brought it back to life, charged it fully and was so pleased to have found it. An extra iPod so less arguments. Then one day after the discovery it was dropped on the floor.

Very poorly iPod. 

Along with another iPod that was received for Christmas 2012 that has a smashed screen and a laptop I make that a grand total of 4 devices that need attention. I'm fuming, the lack of respect that the Things have for their possessions frustrates me.

Thing 2 wanted a laptop for Christmas, I can safely say now that she in no way deserves one or would know how to look after one so she isn't getting one.

Now I need a remortgage to cover repairs on it all.

Is it possible to make these devices from plastic? I've never had a toddler toy break from being launched across the room or dropped on the floor??!!

Santa is definitely not bringing any toys at the moment and the Things need to get back in Santa's good books too!

Half Term and Halloween. Halloween outfits purchased, pumpkin picking at Crockford Bridge Farm and pumpkin carving time including Darth Vader and a camper van!. Fireworks, trick or treat and more!

Our family of pumpkins!

Yes Half Term is here. The clocks went back yesterday which means the evenings are getting darker earlier. The kiddies have been going on about Halloween for weeks now and we finally got the 2 girls a costume each from Tesco. Thing 4 now wants a pumpkin costume and I am sure the shops are going to be extra busy this week and Halloween costume stocks will be depleting fast.

Halloween always comes and goes in the blink of an eye. The children get so excited. The costumes have been in the shops for a while and inevitably we end up buying them an outfit so they can go out trick or treating. We only take them down our road and an adjacent street. They only ever knock on the door where we can see they have also done something for Halloween or they have children and we know them.

Another thing the children enjoy doing is picking and carving the pumpkins. Last year instead of buying them from the supermarkets I wanted to go somewhere we could pick our own pumpkins. I found Crockford Bridge Farm in Addlestone and we set off.

At the pumpkin patch.

It looked amazing. There were so many pumpkins to choose from in size, shape and colour. There was lots of activities going on too and I was so pleased we had chosen to go and pick our pumpkins. We, sadly, haven't made the same trip this year. I wanted to but time has slipped away from us and we can't fit a trip in. However, if you can and you are nearby you must go.

Decisions, decisions! Which pumpkin do we choose?

Our pumpkin carving has also stepped up a gear too. Gone are the pumpkins with triangle eyes, square noses and wonky teeth. Things got serious! The OH got adventurous with a Darth Vader and Ghostbusters carving. I then had to up my game. not that I am competitive or anything! I went for the camper van pumpkin. The children just wanted a happy pumpkin so I carved a smiley face into one of the smaller pumpkins. I have another creation in mind too which I will reveal later on in the week, unless it goes wrong then no one is seeing it!!!

Our pumpkin carvings! 

It's also Bonfire night next week so I am sure there will be a few displays happening over this coming Halloween weekend as well as the weekend after. We have our annual firework display at Nanny and Grandad's house planned. This involves tomato soup and a warm roll, followed by bratwurst then the all important firework display and sparklers before finishing off with marshmallows dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Its fun for the kiddies, we just have a few small fireworks but enough to keep the kiddies happy that they have seen some and the food is always delicious and warming.

As well as all of that, Thing 3 is off to the cinema today to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day which we have been told is very good. We also have lunch at Nanny's today too.

I also have to find an outfit for a wedding and get my hair done before Saturday but on a limited budget.Good luck with that one I hear you cry! I need to find some time without children to go and find a dress, that's just impossible! Impossible to find time without children and probably impossible to find a dress that I like too.

As well as Thing 4's fifth birthday this weekend too. He wants a Minecraft diamond sword and some Marvel Mashers. Plus a chocolate birthday cake. I'm sure I can arrange that!

It's busy, busy here. I hope you all have lots of fun things planned over the Half Term/Halloween/Bonfire week ahead and stay safe too.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Losing your identity and wanting to be more than just someone's Mummy. Trying to find the person you used to be and some time for yourself in your hectic daily life. Will it ever happen?!

I spend my days running around after the five children and don't make, or get, time for myself. Bedtimes get so late that by the time you get them all in bed you don't have time to sit down and chill out for a bit before it's your own bedtime. The nights fly by and suddenly it's morning again and you jump straight into the routine of uniforms, lunches, making breakfast, brushing hair, making sure they have washed and brushed their teeth.

You are dashing out of the door so fast that your head is all over the place. You're stressing as you left so fast you aren't sure if you have everything, inevitably with me it's the house keys! I rush to make sure they get to school on time, in nice clean uniform, hair brushed and faces clean yet I look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards. I'm sporting the scraped back pony tail and I'm lucky that I got out of my PJ's in time. I can't be a PJ's on the school run Mum but I sometimes wish I was. Although I wish I could just stay at home and not get out of my PJ's!

Making mess then tires you out. Stressful times followed by peaceful times.

 So the kids are at school, you run from the school playground shouting 'Freeedooooommmm' then you realise that you still have a toddler in tow. As lovely as he is he isn't any help when it comes to housework, I've tried getting him to write a few blog posts for me but he's having none of it and he can't even work a kettle. So all in all toddlers are a bit rubbish. Other than playing with Duplo, train sets, watching Peppa Pig or showing me his signature dance moves to some music on Youtube he is no help at all. Oh and clinging to my leg so I have to drag him around most of the house with me too.

Not quite graduated from the toddler school of housework yet?! 

So my day is taken up with trying to stay on top of housework but it never gets achieved. Playtime with the toddler is more fun or if I do want to get something done Thing 5 follows me and makes sure it doesn't get done!

Then it's back to the afternoon school run and home for the usual evening routine of dinner, homework, bath time, reading books, learning words, a bit of arguing thrown in for good measure and some TV/iPod/Kindle time. As I run around cooking meals, running baths, reciting Biff and Chip books to the best of my ability I'm also the referee in a boxing match between some children.

Evening time soon turns into bedtime. All goes well with the youngest one usually and he is asleep by 6.30 but I then spend my evenings sorting out everyone else's bedtimes. No one goes to sleep nicely, they are up and down because they've finished their water, they need the toilet again, it's too dark, they have a headache, it's too cold, it's too hot or their leg has fallen off. Nothing major and all for the joy of making me get up and down 20 million times to sort them out. So that's my evening gone.

Quieter activities after school are always good, until there's only one red loom band left and they both NEED it! Oh and a warming hot chocolate is always helpful for the evening stresses. 

           Thing 1 and OH getting some 'us time' recently. I think they enjoyed themselves! 

Each day seems to roll into one at the moment. I don't know where one ends and one begins. I want my me time back. I do go out on a Tuesday evening. It's nice whilst I am out but you can guarantee that I will return and there will still be children awake. So I don't relax, I don't enjoy my time out as much as I should because I know what I am going to face when I get home. I miss my Tuesday night that ended by me creeping back into the house and checking on sleeping children before slipping into bed and being asleep instantly. I want that night back.

The troublemakers! 

Rarely during the week will I go out and if I do I have Thing 5 in tow. In the school playground I don't even have a name. Oh here's Thing 3's Mummy they will say. I'm not a person, I'm my child's possession. I belong to that child so I have no identity of my own.

Don't be fooled by the innocent looking darling! 

Will I ever find a new me? Will things ever get easier? Am I destined to never find my name again and always be 'The Thing's Mummy'? Will I ever know what it's like to pee alone rather than being watched by a toddler? 

Who knows?! 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wicked Wednesdays; 22nd October 2014

This is the first time of joining in on Wicked Wednesday but, oh boy, I have my fair share of Wicked photo's!

The children never conform to what I would like from them when it comes to wanting the perfect photo of them all so I have plenty of recent, as well as archive photo's, to share from now on!

Here's today's Wicked Wednesday offering. Thing 2 and her godfather, a couple of nutters. Her face says it all!


Monday, 20 October 2014

Will my house ever look nice or is it destined to always look like a Toys R Us store threw up in every room. Is unfinished paintwork, bathrooms and gardening the new look for this season?! Where do we start???

I want a relatively tidy, nicely decorated house! 

Back in September Thing 4 started school and I was down to just one child in the house with me during the day. I was so cocksure of myself when I announced that it would be so easy to tidy the house and keep it tidy. Why did I think that? Why did I think it was going to be easier?

I still have the same children coming home after school each day. The same unhelpful children that help with nothing. I still have Thing 5 who is such a Mummy's boy that there are days where he won't leave my side. I don't mean that in a helpful way either. I'm not here cleaning and tidying with him following on the same, oh no! He is there next to me untidying as I tidy. As I try and pack some toys away in a box he is revelling in the splendor of finding toys he had forgotten we owned because they were buried in a pile with the hundreds of other toys that said Thing's hadn't tidied away themselves.

I do spend my days in the utility room putting clothes in the washing machine and tumble dryer, folding clean washing and sending it off to various rooms to be put away, The dishwasher is constantly on and needing loading and unloading. The poor hoover is overworked and underpaid and about to go on strike and mopping the floors is the job I hate most but it has to be done! I try and keep my own bedroom tidy so at the end of the day it is a nice room to go to but even then I usually find some toys have made there way in there or the OH has left some clothes on the floor. Grrrrrr!

The unfinished bathroom which has also slowly become a storage room too. If we can't use it for it's rightful purpose we may as well use it for something, right??! 

It's not just the untidiness of the house that gets to me but the unfinished jobs from the, still ongoing, extension/renovation work. We half painted the hallway and didn't finish it, the same with the kitchen. We never started painting the utility room or tiled the floor so that still needs doing. The doors don't have surrounds on them and there is no skirting board in the hallway. The downstairs bathroom still isn't usable and the whole purpose of having an extra bathroom was so there wasn't the queue for the one bathroom we already had. The front garden is just a mish mash of the pre existing driveway, no pathway to the front door and a patch of grass that the OH was desperate to keep but actually I just want to make a pathway to the door and then completely change the rest of it. All these jobs are time and money dependent of course. Funds for extension completion have completely dried up and it's now on an 'as and when we can' basis and to a standard we like but would have preferred better. Plus the time to do it too. When the OH comes in from work he doesn't want to get into home improvement mode and at the weekends it's a nightmare trying to get anything done with all the children around.

Unfinished door surrounds and 2 tone paint jobs? I don't even like either of those colours any more! 

Am I asking for too much to have a pathway to the front door? One that doesn't flood and get muddy when it rains. One I can push the pushchair down to get to the front door without traipsing all the mud into the house? I had this vision in my head of a lovely pathway with a little tree either side of the front door. A little number plaque at the side of the door and it looking more presentable than it's current Steptoe's yard state!

The front garden view from the front door outwards. 

On the left is the pre-existing driveway. I need a pathway between that and the wooden plank on the floor you can see to the right of the picture. The OH wanted grass on the right hand side but we also need 2 parking spaces. Arghhhh!

The front room was painted recently but the older Thing's leave their pens laying around and Thing 5 has drawn a couple of nice murals on the walls. So that's extra painting work to do. I had big plans for the front room as mentioned in a previous blog post and as yet nothing has been done apart from the painting.

Thing 5's artwork, it's not quite a Banksy is it?!

Bedrooms are the Thing's own responsibilities so inevitably they are left to get messy and untidy. No amount of gentle coaxing, shouting, arguing, trying to stay calm or threats of bagging it all up and taking it to the skip works on trying to make them tidy up. They are also less keen to help out with the rest of the house too even though most of the mess is theirs!

So as the days, weeks and months fly by I find myself asking more and more 'Where does the time go'? I am in some days and still don't get a lot done and then all of a sudden it's time to go and get the children from school and start thew whole evening routine of dinner, homework, play, bath, bed etc.... Each week I grumble at myself for not achieving anything that is written down in my little book of stuff that needs to be done or how I would like my house to look.

The conclusion I have come to is that I need some skirting board, a nice garden and a finished bathroom and I may just be happy. Plus a cleaner and Supernanny and I will be really happy.

Or someone to stand over me and make me get it all done and someone to take Thing 5 off my hands for a few days, months or years??!!

For now I'm going to carry on wandering past the abandoned washing machine that stands in the kitchen and the dismantled cot in my bedroom. It won't stay there long the OH said??!!

The dreaded abandoned washing machine. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

I have a pram decision headache. What do I get next? Stokke Xplory, Bugaboo Donkey or Bufallo, Orbit G3. Or go small and get a stroller. Oh the decision is difficult as my pram days are numbered!

I'm so undecided as to what to get for my next pram purchase. It's really annoying as I want to buy something soon but my indecision is stopping me. As it approaches Winter, although you wouldn't think it as the weather is still so lovely, I am thinking that I want something bigger and more substantial for all the walking that we do. Something that is easy to push with a decent shopping basket.

Thing 5 is now 2 but still fits in a larger pram as well as a smaller stroller style buggy but I think I would prefer a larger pram for over the winter. I currently have a stroller that has no raincover and the wheels are worn out.

What do I buy??

My heart lies with the Stokke Xplory. I have always loved these as you will know from previous posts! (previous Stokke post!) I love the height of the seat, it's easy to push and some many seat height and seating options. I looked at a Stokke Crusi the other day and tried Thing 5 in it but I wasn't keen on the chassis although it had the same seat unit as the Xplory but not the height options on the seat unit either.

The Bugaboo Donkey. Lovely and chunky pushchair, solid for the winter with the added bonus of a side basket, as well as the large underseat basket,  for extra shopping or all of the school bags on the school run!

The Orbit Baby G3. I've never tried one of these and they have had mixed reviews amongst friends. They do look odd but then no pram ever suits everyones tastes. The seat is said to be lovely and roomy too. I would like to try one but don't want to buy one and then realise I've made the wrong choice.

Orbit Baby G3

The Bugaboo Buffalo. Very similar to the Donkey but with no side basket. Again it looks fab for lots of winter walking and the basket looks a decent size. Lovely rugged, chunky wheels and a height adjustable handle. Ideal for the OH who is 6'2" and I'm a shorty!

Bugaboo Buffalo

Or do I go small folding. A Maclaren Quest, a Donna Wilson Urbo Bug from Mamas and Papas, a Mamas and Papas Armadillo, a Cybex Onyx or Callisto. These are all small folding umbrella style buggies. Ideal for putting in the car, although we aren't in the car very often. Smaller sized baskets as is with small folding buggies but easier now Thing 5 is 2 rather than going for a bigger pram.

The Cybex Onyx and Callisto

The Maclaren Quest and Mamas and Papas Armadillo

The Mamas and Papas Donna Wilson Urbo Bug

I am so undecided, I don't want to make the wrong choice as I would ideally like something that lasts over the Winter at least! I will also be looking for secondhand, preloved prams rather than buying new so need to look for the right wheels at the right price.

I know one thing though. I need to make a decision asap as the stroller we have is about to go to stroller heaven!

What would you buy? Any other prams that you can suggest for me, I would love to hear your suggestions.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

A weekly summary! A school run goes wrong, a hen night out and birthday Afternoon Tea. A Palladium boots and GoPro competition win, yay! New Hunter boots for splashing in muddy puddles and I'm glad it's the weekend!

What a week. Time seems to fly by recently even when there isn't a lot going on but when your week seems to have been one long week of getting stuff done and things going wrong then it feels even worse.

Last weekend I had two invites out on the same day. For the rest of the year, apart from my Tuesday quiz night, my social calendar is like a barren wasteland then I get two invites on the same date. Typical! So I had a gorgeous Afternoon Tea at the bestie's house for her birthday. All the cakes were made by her and it was all scrummy. I did over indulge a bit too much! So I rushed home after that, bathed Thing 4 and 5, got ready and went back out an hour later for my cousins hen night. We met in a nearby town and had a lovely meal at Jamie's Italian. I left them all to party the night away and travelled home soon after the meal but from the pictures I can see they had a fab time. Oh and if she is reading this (which she better be!). 2 WEEKS TODAY CHARLOTTE!

My Hen party biscuit, made by the best bridesmaid ever!

I did have a fairly quiet start to the week. Tuesday evening is usually my night out with the bestie on our quiz night but we chilled at hers with a cuppa, carrot cake and a good old gossip. Those nights are always the best and I think we did our fair share of nattering and had a good old catch up. Wednesday night I missed my usual Slimming World weigh in. After an over indulgent weekend I figured the scales weren't going to be too kind to me and the weekly weigh in of being told that you are still hovering around your target is getting to me. Yes, I know staying at target is fab and I should be happy with the new me but I stupidly set another target and I am wanting to get there rather than reset my target back up higher again. Which would be easier!! I'm thinking cutting back on the cake would help!!

Just a couple of the gorgeous cakes that were on offer at Afternoon Tea last week. Watch out for the new Crumbs Afternoon Tea launching hopefully in the new year.

Wednesday was shopping day, I overspent and the food never all fits back in the trolley after you have bagged it up! I had to evict Thing 5 from the trolley in order to fit it all in but then I had a toddler on the loose. Stress levels were high and I just wanted to get home by then. Next time I will stick to home delivery!

Thursday I met a friend for lunch and arranged for my Mum to look after Thing 5. It was bliss. Costa Coffee and a scrummy bacon and brie panini and no children annoying me for a couple of hours. Again I had a good old catch up with a good friend and we must do it more often. Searches out local nurseries just so I can be a lady who lunches!! I'm not sure Nanny would do it too often. I returned to collect Thing 5 to find he had made Nanny and Pappy (Grandad) sit down and watch Peppa Pig! I'm not sure they were too enthralled by it.

Friday morning I had the most stressful school run ever. More stressful than the ones where I let Thing 5 walk? Yes! I had let Thing 5 walk but that wasn't the issue. Thing 4 had run on ahead but I could still see him and he kept checking back to see where I was, then I lost sight of him. I called for him and I tried hurrying Thing 5 along. Once I hit the top of our road the path goes in 2 directions you either follow it around where you end up at the end of a different road or you go into the woods. As we weren't taking Thing 3 to school we could go through the woods rather than go the other way but as I had lost sight of Thing 4 I didn't know which way he had gone. I called his name loads of times but no reply and I started to panic. Which way do I go to try and catch up with him. Then a dog walker came out of the woods and said Thing 4 had run through that way so I rushed off. I still couldn't see him, I kept calling his name and by this point the dinner lady from school had walked by too so she rushed off in search too. In the end I found him at school waiting by Reception. This was after crossing a road by himself. I gave him a very strong talking to, told one of his teachers who had a word as well and at the end of the day he told me that 'the lady who gives me my dinner told me not to run off because I might get lost, or get hurt. It was a BIG talk'. I've never panicked so much before, I didn't know where he was etc.... and kept thinking that he would have stopped and I will catch up with him soon.

When I met him at school he said 'I'm a big boy, I wanted to walk to school on my own with Mrs Schnoodles' (his sisters toy he was carrying). Hmmmm, not quite the big boy he thinks he is!!

Thing 5. This was after the walk to school incident. We were on our way home for a cup of tea, or something stronger?!

Finally this week I had a competition win. I was so excited. From the lovely people at Tower London I won a GoPro Hero 3, some men's Palladium boots and a Palladium rucksack. I may have been so excited that I ran around the house screaming for quite a while! We had such a speedy delivery of our prize and we are all keen to get out and use the GoPro. Thank you again Tower London and Palladium boots, we were delighted to win such a fab prize.

Our fab win from Tower London and Palladium boots. The OH was very pleased with his new boots.

So after that week I'm glad it's the weekend. It's a quiet one this weekend. I've just sent OH off with Thing 2 for her weekly badminton lesson and it's lunch at the parents tomorrow. Oooh and a lie in, maybe?!

Oh and maybe a walk in the woods to try out my new Hunter boots. Thing 5's ones may have accidentally slipped into my shopping basket too!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Teaching our children right from wrong. Is something acceptable just because it wasn't as bad as what they could have been doing???

I am hoping that as I raise my children I am teaching them what is right and wrong. What isn't an acceptable way to behave and what is. I'm not going to get it all right, my children aren't perfect by a long shot. They misbehave, they play up. They are moody, grumpy and stubborn at times when there is no need to be. However, even after all of their little imperfections I would still like to think that I'm doing something right!

So I was slightly disappointed this week to visit the local park with the children and see that some other children had written on a piece of equipment at the park. Whilst it was only their names, nothing rude, no rude pictures etc.... I still don't think it's right. However, others think it's fine.

Others have said it's harmless, there's worse things going on to worry about etc.... but if you take that stance on it then surely it will be OK for them to go and do it again. For other children to go and do it because it was OK for these children to. Next time it could be rude words or horrible pictures.

So the conclusion of what I saw and observed is this. Some think it's OK and no need to worry because the local council will sort it but at the local taxpayers expense. There is no need to deal with the children that did it because they didn't do anything wrong and we shouldn't worry about what they did because there is so much more to worry about,

I would also like to add that all of the girls in Thing 3's school got called into the hall last week because someone had written rude words on the walls of the girls toilets. The school think it's wrong and are obviously wanting to know who did it because this isn't right but the child obviously thought it was OK at the time to have done it in the first place.

So where do we draw the line, where do we say hang on a minute, this isn't right or ignore what they did because actually it wasn't like they were setting fire to cars or mugging old ladies. What they did was fine and there is no need to worry about it.

Do you think it was OK for them to write on the equipment at the park? If it was your child what would you have done?

I know mine would have been punished and sent straight down there to clean it up and learn from the consequences of what they had done.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

My Sunday Photo 12/10/2014; Sleepy boy, nap in the Afternoon. #MySundayPhoto


Minecraft, it's everywhere!!. On the TV, on Youtube. The children are playing it on the Playstation, the PC and the Xbox as well as on their iPods. Me, I have no idea what's going on!!

Minecraft. Thing 3 is obsessed, I can cope with that. She is very busy in her little Minecraft world. Building things, making things. Creating worlds with various different houses, places to sleep. There's some cows, pigs and sheep running around and she uses various materials to create various tools etc.... However, this is as far as my Minecraft knowledge extends.

Me, a 21 (plus 14) year old, cannot get my head around the whole game. If I was sat in front of it I wouldn't know how to build, create, make or live in a Minecraft world. I was raised in a world of Pacman where I had to race along gobbling up food and my only enemy was a ghost! I had the four arrow keys on the keyboard or a joystick to manoeuvre myself around and that was it. It was epic, OK back then it was epic. Now my kids look at me when I show them Pacman like I'm some kind of weirdo.

'The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. Other activities in the game include exploration, gathering resources, crafting, and combat. Multiple game play modes are available, including survival mode where the player must acquire resources to build and maintain his or her health and hunger, a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build, and an adventure mode where players can create custom maps or other players to play'. (information sourced from Wikipedia).

Now Thing 4 has become obsessed. He too is a Minecraft whizz whether it's on the Playstation or on his iPod. He knows the names of the characters, he's off mining and creating. I sit in amazement at what he has learnt to do in this game and think that maybe I should know my way around the game!

Minecraft animals figure set

Thing 4 wants Minecraft toys for his birthday. I picked up a pack of Minecraft animal figures and I was stumped as to what to buy after that. There are soft toys, toys that make noises, cardboard heads, diamond pickaxes, swords and more. I didn't realise you could buy any of these things! Thing 3 did get Minecraft Lego for Christmas last year and I have been told there is new Minecraft Lego coming out too, just incase we didn't have enough Lego already!

Minecraft and Lego, it's a creative world dream come true!!

As well as knowing all of the character names too, that's Thing 4 not me! All I know is there's a guy called Steve. Then there's Creeper, Enderman, Zombies, the animals and so many more besides. I can't keep up.

Thing 3 is constantly going on at me about mods and texture packs and I look at her like she's talking some foreign language. These, as far as I'm led to believe, are downloadable add ons and extras to the game which we have already used for the PC version that we have.

Figures state that by March 2012 it had become the 6th best selling PC game of all time and as of  April 29th 2014 it had sold 15 million copies on the PC becoming THE best selling PC game of all time. As of June 2014 it had sold almost 54 million copies across all platforms and in February 2014 it reached 100 million registered users.

Being an open world game and having open ended game play means players have a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. Thing 3 and 4 love the freedom they have to create, change, build, rebuild etc... without the time constraints or limits of a proper game with levels, achievements etc.... There's no scoreboard, points system etc... Although there is the argument of 'my worlds better than yours' or one has more resources than the other.

Minecraft Steve cardboard head!

Whilst I try and limit their time on the computer I do love watching them create and build and they are always coming up with something new to do in their own unique world.

I, on the other hand, need to brush up on my Minecraft skills. Now, how do I turn this PC on??!!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

REVIEW POST; Introducing Tommy and Lottie 100% cotton baby tops. We chose the gorgeous long sleeved babies fox top. Full details here!

We were very lucky recently to receive a top to review from the lovely people at Tommy and Lottie.

Tommy and Lottie is a British brand born in 2014. Producing good quality and well made ethical & sustainable unisex babies t-shirts that have fabulous graphic images The designs are British images with a twist of nostalgia. They also give a soft message about how important these things are to protect, enjoy and cherish. The babies t-shirts are well made using the softest quality cotton. No harmful chemicals or dyes are used in any of the processes of production.

Unwrapping our delivery. Well packaged with a lovely little card inside too.

The top arrived very promptly from the company and was wrapped in tissue paper with little stickers holding it all wrapped well. On opening and feeling the top I was instantly taken by how soft it felt and the material felt thicker than other tops we have had. I chose the long sleeved top with the fox print picture on the front. We really have a thing about any clothing with foxes on them at the moment so we were keen to try this top out and it looks absolutely fabulous. 

Thing 5 put it straight on and he wore it out for the day. It got tried out on a walk through the woods. a play at the park and then through dinnertime! It really got put through its paces. Thing 5 isn't one to shy away from mess and getting dirty. As well as trying out whether it wore well our next top test is washing well. 

Trying it out for size. 

Washed at 30 degrees as recommended it came out of the wash looking fab. I always really worry about white tops on a messy toddler. It had picked up a few marks throughout the day he wore it but they washed off well and it's still looking lovely and white. He is wearing it again today and although we are in the warm at home today he will inevitably find something to make a mess with! 

A trip to the park to put it through its paces, will it still clean?! 

The tops are available in long sleeved and short sleeved and available in sizes 3-6 months up to 18-24 months. The long sleeved tops are currently available in the badger, fox and hedgehog designs. The short sleeved tops are available in the three designs the same as the long sleeved tops plus carousel horse, helter skelter and dodgems designs. 
I am always on the look out for something a bit different, a new company with new ideas and good quality clothing that is built to withstand the demands of a toddler on the go. As a new company they are one to watch. The quality of their products  is very very good and I am really pleased with the design and fit too. 
Find Tommy and Lottie here at www.tommyandlottie.co.uk and they also have a list of stockists on their website too.