Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Breakfast with The Easter Bunny at Wyevale Garden Centre Gosforth

*We were given tickets for this event in exchange for an honest review 

On Sunday we had plans for a family day out but chicken pox put paid to that and so the big kids we're packed of with their aunties and cousin to take our place in a 'meet the Easter bunny breakfast'

Here's what they thought of the day , words and images courtesy of the amazing 'mafia mammy'

Today Peanut, The Golden Child & The Saurus (unfortunately Termite had to miss it due to having Chicken pox) visited Wyevale Garden Centre in Gosforth to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

We were greeted in the restaurant by Alice in Wonderland and shown to our table. The was a puzzle/colouring sheet, crayons, paper bag and blank Easter trail sticker sheet for each of the children with a name badge. Drinks were brought quickly, unlimited squash for the kids & unlimited tea or filter coffee for adults. The food was a little slow in arriving & the kids were getting a little impatient, but when it arrived was nice & well cooked.

 After breakfast we had to shout really loud to get the Easter Bunny to come out - then we followed him/her (I'm not sure which sex the bunny is) around the garden centre to find 5 facts about rabbits 

 a female is a doe
 a male is a buck
 they are herbivores
their teeth never stop growing, 

We learned more facts too! At each point the kids got a sticker for their sheet and a chocolate egg for the bags. When we got back to the restaurant from our hunt the Easter Bunny said his/her goodbyes and there was a balloon and a cookie to decorate for each child. 

The 3 monkeys enjoyed making their creations, while also eating the icing and other decorations at the same time! During this time Alice came round with a soft toy for each child - a choice between a rabbit, lamb and pig. The toys are a nice size and are not cheap looking. 

We had a fun morning and consider the tickets good value for money at £10.95 per child with adult breakfast costing £5 for a bacon buttie or pastry with tea and coffee or £8.50 for a full English.

The only disappointing part was there was no dedicated time for pictures with the Easter Bunny & Alice - although if you went and asked they did oblige. All 3 monkeys said they enjoyed the morning and were entertained throughout. After the event was over the kids were allowed into the soft play free of charge for a little play. The Easter Bunny was also very kind and sent a soft toy bunny home for Termite since the pox had kept her away from the day.

The kids all really enjoyed their day , Peanut w#commented that she would like to be able to go at her own pace for the egg hunt but understood that some of the smaller kids would be too small for running around, plus the clues were around the garden centre not in great big open spaces.

You can book tickets on Wyvales Website but I'd hurry some days are already sold out!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Teletubbies Saving The Day!

Today we were all supposed to be heading off to a 'Breakfast with the Easter bunny' event but Termite decided Friday evening would be a great time to catch chicken pox

The Night The Chicken Pox Appeared!

So mammy and Termite stayed home and I won't lie she was mighty miserable, remembering that we had been sent some toys to review, this mammy did what any desperate Mammy would..... distraction with gifts! I know I know not my best parenting moment but look how miserable she was, and look how happy our new teletubbies made her...

We were asked to review these new Twist n Chime figures, which make jingling bell sounds when you twist them, great for motor skills and problem solving and perfect for little hands, these are £4.99 each so a great alternativegift to an Easter Egg.

Also this lovely talking plush, softer than ever and they say little tubbie catchphrases when you squeeze them, priced at £9.99 with four to collect . Ours is a firm favourite and we got ages of play with them whilst also taking advantage of today's gorgeous sunshine

These toys are available from Argos and there is currently up to 25% off 

Do you have a Teletubbie fan in your house, what do you think of these new toys?

Monday, 12 February 2018

Life is Poo!

Sorry that title is a bit misleading but I couldn't resist!  We recently went to have a sneak peak at the new Poo Show at Centre for Life and it was really very interesting.

Here are some things we learned....
Poo can be made into paper
5 different names for poo
Why you don't wanna be near a hippo when s/he poo's
Which animal has square poo and why!
What are fatbergs and poonamis
What is poo coffee, and
What is a poojectile

I'm not actually going to share all the details with you because ....
A- I'd steal the thunder of the very lovely science explainers
B- You should definitely go yourself
C - I would never explain it all as well as Life do
There are loads of poo themed activities throughout half term and you can still see Dino Jaws and touch  some Dino poo too!

 Poo paper
Just picking up some shopping 
 As an aside to the poo! We stopped for food in the caffe and this lemon and poppy seed muffin is possibly the the best muffin I've ever tasted!!

Have you seen the poo show yet? What did you think

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Why I'm Always Cheerful*

*Not necessarily true

My last few months have been peppered with sad news, shocking news, news of struggle and hardship

I consider myself truly blessed and one of the luckiest girls in the world but life is so short and sometimes very cruel. I've spent this year writing 'Reasons to Be Cheerful' Posts on my facebook page, now in these posts I try to leave out any moans, the purpose it not to pretend my life is perfect (as some have suggested) but to see and list positives every day. Its a reminder to me that you have to be grateful for what you have A sort of fake it until you make it plan if you will.

Now don't get me wrong I could moan every day about world politics, housework, mess, workload etc, we all can its easy to get bogged down. Its really easy to forget to 'cherish every moment' when the kids are driving you crazy or you have a million things to do and 4 people want your attention now.

Let me give an example, this week after 3 nights of no sleep, I decided to build a wardrobe whilst having a child off school sick, said child never stopped climbing on me or asking for stuff which is normally fine but , you know, flat pack assembly isn't that great...  Eldest, came home full of attitude and angry pants-ness, littlest joined her brother in 'lets not let mammy have any personal space', I burnt the tea, which was flipping spaghetti on toast! No one wanted to go to bed, except for sleep deprived mammy and the bloody wardrobe had a broken hinge so is still not finished, resulting in a house full of mess and displaced furniture. This mammy sat in silence waiting for her eldest to come home feeling 'touched out' , useless, totally exhausted and overwhelmed. Then I went to bed and started writing my post.....

And I felt a little better

So faced with all the sadness I've heard of recently I'm going to try to make more effort to grab every moment. to use the good china, wear the nice undies, spray my favourite perfume every day. But most of all I'm going to try really hard to not sweat the small stuff, who cares if we don't have perfect hair on a morning, or we don't get dressed until lunchtime on a weekend, if we are happy and healthy then that's just fine with me.

And I'm going to try for another year of finding reasons to be cheerful,to put my gratitude out into the world.

If you like to join me you can head to my page by clicking on the facebook link above and jump in whenever you want .

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Beating the January Blues With a Day At Life

Feeling the post Christmas drudgery and blues? Fear not we have an idea for an awesome January blues buster day out, with a trip to Life for Skating and a visit to Dino Jaws (Skating runs until 18th February and Dino Jaws Until 24th April)

We have written about Life Science Centre on more than one occasion but it really is an awesome place to take the kids and with Annual passes available you can get great value for money with year round trips.

We were invited to have a turn on the ice rink and take a look around the centre and my littles really love visiting so we headed along with my godson and my children's god mother (confused yet?)

The rink is situated in Times Square and you enter via Life reception, Ticket purchase was super simple and we were choosing our skates really quickly. I say 'we' I actually mean the Godmother and kids, this mammy is not good with ice!

My awesome strong girl, full of determination to go it alone!

Gently does it...

we know where we are best off!

I Have skates but.....

Straight back up again, yes his baby sister is having a chiuckle

There was plenty of falling, a bit of frustration but overall the kids (and the godmother did  really well, we had lots of time on the ice, then decided it was time to warm up inside.

After a visit to see little bear, we went to see the Dino Jaws exhibition which was by far my Godson's favourite part of the day, he is Dino mad and I really think he wanted to take the Dino's home ....

'here chicken chicken I just want to play'

While the little littles played upstairs in the awesome play zone I took my biggies on the motion ride for Polar Express. Oh I loved it so much, the kids ended up going on twice and were really very enthralled by it all, I shan't ruin the surprise but Life have added an extra dimension to make it a bit more magic!

Ready for the motion ride

3d glasses ready!

'Ok I have 4 be;;s and you have 2 frogs...lets make some tunes!'

After some more play it was time for Lunch and man alive can my kids eat! 6 of us had 2 adult meals of Sausage casserole and chips, 2 kids pick n mix meals, one hot dog and chips and a burger and chips. Cold drinks all round plus a tea, a ginger bread latte, a slice of rainbow cake and a muffin all for under £30 The food was lovely and whilst we were a bit disappointed that poor termite couldn't have anything really from the main menu as she is allergic to dairy and soya the staff couldn't have been more helpful in finding some snack items she could have and giving her extra fruit and ham.

Dino Cheese !

Our allergy friendly plate

So if you are looking to blow off the cobwebs and fill your weekends with winter wonder my top tip would be to head to Life.

If you've bee already let me know what you think?