The Weekend Box club Winter Special – review

We’ve been fans of the Weekend Box Club for a very long time. There is nothing more exciting that a box of activities popping through your letterbox just in time for the weekend.

The Little Man was thrilled to try out the Winter Weekend Box.

Inside The Wonderful Winter Time Weekend Box

As usual the letterbox sized parcel contains the familiar little packages in their themed colours. It also contained a booklet, a sticker height chart, some stickers and the extra bits and pieces needed for the activities.

The colourful booklet contained some fun facts, jokes, a word search, instructions for all the activities, an animal quiz, two colouring pages and a little comic.

The Activities

The Blue bag from Sammy the Squirrel contained a Salted Snowflake Activity.

The Little Man enjoyed this activity of making 3D snowflakes using glitter glue, salt and paint. If I’m honest, I liked the white salty snowflakes best before we put on the paint. But the Little Man enjoyed watching the paint run along the salt lines.

Salted Snowflakes

In the Red bag we had a recipe for Rocky Road Snow-bites.

These were really fun and simple to make and the Little Man did it all by himself. The end result was four extremely tiny chocolates with biscuits and marshmallows. It would have been nice to have them a little bigger. I wanted to make two bigger ones, but the Little Man was adamant that we stuck to making four.

In the green bag was an activity to make an Icy Tealight Holder.

We messed this up because we forgot to go back for the balloon in the freezer. By the time we did it was way too frozen. I have seen some lovely photographs from successes with this activity though, we will definitely get another balloon and try again.

The activity required filling a balloon with water and popping it in the freezer for 4 hours. It needs to be frozen on the outside but still wet on the inside. At a week point you make a hole big enough for a tealight candle. Then watch it burn and melt outside in the garden.

The Yellow Bag contained Pop Up Penguins

We had lots of fun making these pop up penguins. Everything was supplied apart from the scissors. We had to cut out penguin shapes and wings from black card. Then flippers and beaks from the orange card. We stuck these together and then made the paper spring by folding strips of paper.

The penguins where decorated the penguins with the beaks and beady eyes and the end result was really cute. We were even provided with a shiny pebble because male penguins put a pebble in a female’s nest as a proposal.

Our Verdict

The Winter Time Weekend Box was very entertaining and contained plenty to keep the Little Man entertained for quite a while.

The boxes come on subscription and you can get four activities for £8.95 for 3-8 year olds (first box is half price) or you can get 3 STEM activities in a box for £8.95 for 7-12 year olds (also half price for first box.)

If you would like to spend more time doing activities with your kids, and less time resourcing the activities and getting the supplies, then The Weekend Box is ideal. Kid’s love the excitement of receiving a parcel too.

The Little Man hard at work

Let me finish with a winter time joke…

What often falls in winter but never gets hurt?

snow!

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Word of the Week #7 2019

Hello and welcome to the home of Word of the Week, a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like.

There are not too many rules with this linky, just remember to read at least another couple of posts in the link up after adding your link. Do try to stick to the theme of summing your week up. I will read and comment on all posts and tweet them out for you. I also have a Pinterest board devoted to Word of the Week and I will add posts to Mix (formerly Stumble.) Please add the badge below to your post so that others may find us and join in. If you comment or tweet then please use the hashtag #WotW

If you are unfamiliar with the Word of the Week linky then please feel free to ask any questions. New linkers are always welcome, we love to hear what you have been up to in the past week.

My Word of the Week

This week my word is Survived.

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First, we are all alive and almost completely well so we survived last weeks illness, yay! Thanks for all the kind thoughts and get well wishes.

On Monday the girls went back to school after a whole week off sick. It’s not very often they have a whole week off but this bug was a serious one.

Tuesday was Enrichment Day at school and this means the whole school routine is interrupted for a day of activities based on a theme.

Star had been told that her year were doing ‘the Hunger Games’ and Boo’s year were going on a trip to Conkers. The theme for enrichment day was Survival!

They didn’t really enjoy their days and both game home in a grumpy mood. (I know Star had spent all day in the SEND classrooms.) I think Boo didn’t enjoy her trip because she was still not feeling 100% well.

They both survived though, and school continued all week.

The Little Man survived an eye test. Ok, I know that’s not much of a task but he’s been having problems for a while now and wouldn’t tell us why. The teacher suggested that the reason he wasn’t completing all the work at school may have something to do with his eyesight. So we got him tested and he now has glasses.

His work at school hasn’t improved though. He’s such a naughty boy, not listening or doing as he is told. He complains of being bored all the time and won’t even try to get on with the other children. We will get to the bottom of why he is behaving this way, but in the meantime he has a little break. He has survived another term at school and now has two weeks for half term instead of one. The reason for this is because they are moving to a brand new school building.

Now it’s your turn, what have you been up to this week?

Raisie Bay



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Looking After Your Car with a Service

I’ve recently received my car back after a 3 month visit to the repair garage. We were involved in a crash, which was not our fault and neither was the damage to our car. But, what if your car ends up in the repair garage with a costly bill just because it’s broken down?

I’ve been a driver for over 20 years, and I know the importance of car services. You need to keep your car in good condition to prevent costly repairs and to keep the value if you decide you want to sell it on later.

Looking after your car has many benefits and booking it in for a service is easy. It may be an extra expense at the time, but it will save you money in the long term.

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What is a Car Service?

A car service will check the parts that suffer the most wear and tear and degrade over time. If you don’t look after these parts then the car will not run as efficiently and could end up costing more in repairs.

There are different types of service that depend on your mileage. A car that does more than 2000 miles per month will need an interim service every six months. But generally, a car needs a service every twelve months.

You can book Book car servicing online at KAP Motor’s Brighton Branch where you can choose what type of service your car requires. The service carried out may vary from place to place but as an overview the kind of things you can expect include;

  • Check of the lights, horn, washers, wipers and condition of windscreen.
  • Change of engine oil and engine oil filter, check of brake pads, wheels and tyres.
  • Check of antifreeze, cooling system and screen wash.
  • Check clutch and condition of battery.
  • Road test of brakes, steering, suspension, engine, gearbox and heating system.

A Full, or Major service may also include;

  • the fitting of new spark plugs, air filter and fuel filter
  • recommend Cambelt change date
  • check and adjust emissions
  • check and adjust ignition timing
  • check and adjust idle speed.

Why You Should Service your Car Regularly

Here are some real good reasons why you should regularly service your car.

Safety – A service will identify those problems that may be the cause of an accident, for example worn brakes or tyres, or exhaust leaks.

Keeping Clean – A regularly serviced vehicle will reduce the emissions that it releases into the air. Also, under-inflated tyres will burn more fuel

Cost – The cost of a regular service may reduce a much bigger cost of any repairs needed later through lack of maintenance.

Resale Value – A car that has been looked after will obviously attract a higher price when you come to sell it.

Fewer Breakdowns – No-one likes breaking down and a service can help detect those little problems that may develop into big ones while on the road.

Do you service your car regularly?

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Flu, Strains, Hunger Tales and Conkers

If you thought last weeks post was a downer, then you’ve not heard the worst. I left you with two kids down, off school sick but it didn’t stop there. It turned out to be some kind of gastric flu, fever, congestion, upset tums, headaches…and general all round feeling bloomin’ awful.

Star and Boo barely moved for four days! No1 son was much the same but he stayed in his bedroom where I could hear him moaning all day. I kept the Little Man well away from them and eldest daughter stayed in her room as much as possible (she’s lucky she has her own bathroom too!)

It was obvious that me and Graham wouldn’t escape the bug though.

Weekend of Hell.

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Thursday I went to bed feeling unwell, my hands and feet were like ice and I just couldn’t get warm despite the heating being on in the bedroom. I woke on Friday with a migraine. After doing nothing all day I crawled to bed just before 6pm as I just needed a dark room to lie down in. Then I started vomiting. I’d not eaten more than a piece of toast all day, but the vomiting didn’t stop all night long. It felt like I was turning inside out.

Saturday, I was really poorly and Graham was also feeling ill. Thankfully the girls were starting to feel better and No1 Son, although still not out of his room, was gaining more of an appetite.

Sunday was much the same but the girl’s were looking much brighter. I started having a pain in my side which was really sore and unbearable. I couldn’t get comfortable and when I went to bed, I couldn’t lie on it.

New Week

Monday came and the girls went back to school. The Little Man was still fit and healthy and so was eldest daughter. I had to go to the GP and it wasn’t until I saw all the posters for the flue jab that it struck me. We must have all had some type of flu and the Little Man and Eldest Daughter didn’t get it because they had the flu jab! They were immunised, safe, protected….I’m definitely making sure I get my flu jab next.

Anyway, back to my GP visit. I’d gone because of the pain in my side. I’d managed to pull a muscle and it was very tender. That’s the joy of Stiff Person Syndrome. My muscles contract on their own in painful spasms. When I’m not well the spasms get worse. So, where someone may pull a muscle by lifting something heavy or over exercising, I can pull one by doing nothing at all.

It’s starting to heal now though, so no worries.

Hunger Games and Conkers

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Last night I had two stressed out girls. Today is Enrichment day at school and Star’s year is doing ‘Hunger Games’ while Boo is going to the adventure center, Conkers.

Star has been told nothing about what they are doing for the Hunger Games, the teachers have told them it’s a surprise. Star doesn’t do surprises, she doesn’t like the change of routine either. The school is usually really good in preparing the autistic kids for these kinds of things, but not this time. I’m not sure if it because she has been away from school and they haven’t had the chance to take her to one side and prepare her, or if it’s because they really want to keep all the activities a surprise from everyone.

It did feel a bit weird for me this morning, waving my daughter off to the Hunger Games, she’s no Katniss Everdeen!

Boo’s problem could probably be described as the Hunger Games too. She was stressing out because she doesn’t like packed lunches. She’s not a big fan of sandwiches and when we usually have a packed lunch I pack her some different things to eat. However, because of her being off school last week I did not even know she had a trip until she came home yesterday. I may have still had time to have made her something but she wouldn’t tell me what she was worried about…….until five minutes before she was going to school! I know, I should have realised, but I guess not feeling so good it hadn’t occurred to me. I offered to put some snacks in her bag but she refused in case she got into trouble.

I’m pretty sure that they will both have good days, and neither of them will go hungry, but, oh the stress.

The Next Chapter

The illness has left the building, so that’s the best point to end on. It’s hard to think of any other positives after such an awful week, but getting well again is good enough. I have missed my treatment for this month, if I did go in now I’d have to change all my appointments for the year and I’ve arranged everything around them as they are now so changing them will just cause problems. So, I’ll just have to wait until my next round.

Next week I’m sure I’ll have better news to share. It will be half term at last!

Thanks for reading x

Debs Random Writings

Win a One Year Membership with Kids Pass

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.