No Screen Wednesday Equals Wonder-Filled Moments

In a further attempt to cut down screen time we have now designated Wednesdays as ‘no screen days.’ I was worried how the kids were going to react but they were surprisingly accepting.

The deal was that instead of using screens for entertainment we would play board games, or do some baking or crafting. I promised to make the evenings lots of fun so that they wouldn’t miss their screens.

They came home from school on Wednesday and decided it would be fun to play a board game, so we got out ‘The Game of Life.’ After setting up I gave the kids a little treat, one of their favourites, Oreos.

As you can see this went down really well. Two Oreos each was enough to fill their after school tums and help them concentrate on the game. I think it worked well!

 

We love spending time together as a family and we do this when we go out, but in the house we often tend to be off doing our own things. Spending time with no screens meant we had to find other means of entertainment and this is better done together. Our first No Screen Wednesday was such a success we have decided it’s going to be fun every week.

Going back to the ‘Game of Life’ I was the loser! Now, I know as parents we tend to let our children win a lot of the time but with this game it’s really hard to know who is winning or losing as there is so much to add up at the end. It turns out I came last because I didn’t have any children! A little ironic, don’t you think.

game of life spinner with an oreo on top

Spot the Oreo

The Oreos were also a success. In fact our wonder- filled family Wednesdays were inspired by the Oreo Cookie Quest which is challenging you to spend more time as a family. The Great Oreo Cookie Quest can be found on packs now and there are some awesome prizes to be won, including a once-in-a-lifetime trip to California and the  Googleplex.

 A Little Oreo Cookie Quest for you

In celebration of our no Screen Wednesday I am presenting you with a photo of the world’s first ever programmable, electronic, digital computer, Colossus. This was build during the Second World War to help decipher codes. It doesn’t have a screen so it’s okay to use it on our No Screen Wednesday post.  I’d like you to take part in my mini Oreo Cookie Quest, I have hidden 6 oreos on Colossus, can you find them?

 

Okay, maybe that’s a little easy but I hope you had fun and I hope you enjoyed reading about our wonder-filled No Screen Wednesday. Let me know in the comments if you found all six oreos and tell me what your favourite board game is if you wish.

This post is an entry for BritMums #OreoCookieQuest Oreo Wonder-filled Challenge, sponsored by Oreo  

 

 

 

 

Twin Mummy and Daddy

My Kitchen Story

I love my kitchen, it’s not perfect, yet, but I will get there. We moved into this house last September. I had lived in my old house for twenty four years and the most received comment I had about it was ‘how do you cope with this kitchen?’ It was tiny, I mean really tiny. I had 3 overhead cuboards and one under the sink cupboard. I had one small work top. I didn’t even have a drawer. There were five doors in my kitchen so no wall space! I did cope for twenty four years but imagine my joy of now having a kitchen three times the size of my old kitchen, with only one door! I have so many drawers and cupboards I don’t know what to put in them.

My new house is just that, brand new, and because of that we can’t decorate until it has had it’s one year old inspection for cracks and faults. This means every wall in the house is magnolia, even my kitchen walls.

I’m so looking forward to adding some colour, but as of yet, I’ve not decided on the colour of the kitchen. What is a good colour for a kitchen? You can get matching products in all colours these days, I’ve even seen purple microwaves. I’d like something a little more traditional though, maybe go for a foodie type wallpaper on one wall, or a nice fresh colour scheme like spring green? I really can’t wait to start choosing.
Here is a snippet of how it looks now.

I can’t wait to add some colour

So what do I do in my kitchen? When no-one is looking you can find me dancing around to Kasabian singing into my banana microphone…but don’t tell anyone that will you?

My kitchen has many uses. I love to cook and try out new recipes, but even more fun is cooking with my little helpers. I love this so much I even have my own weekly linky Kids in the Kitchen.

The Kids in the Kitchen

Then there is my hobby, I love to bake and decorate cakes. I have two cupboards dedicated to my ‘cake stuff’ and you will often find me sat at the dining table making fondant models.

Some of my cakes

Another favourite pastime is crafting with the kids, we get out the plastic table cover and paint, glue and stick to our hearts content. None of us are really good at this, but we do have lots of fun.

A little bit of Crafty fun

Then to liven up the place we have one wall to display our lovely work.

wall of art and certificates

So we do all sorts in our kitchen, and it really is my favourite place to be.

This post is an entry for the ‘My Kitchen Story’ Linky challenge, sponsored by Fairy Platinum

Fairy Platinum is an excellent way of keeping your dishes looking their best. 

A Garden of Our Own

This post is an entry for Britmum’s Kids Grow Wild Challenge.

We received a lovely children’s gardening set from Money Supermarket to aid us in our challenge.
To start us off Daddy dug out a little patch of garden next to the wendy house in the garden. We decided that it would be good to give the little gardener’s their own little plot to care for. After we made sure the plot was weed free the gardeners planted their seeds. Then they covered them with fresh soil, gave them labels and watered them.
Stage One:
Digging, weeding and planting.

A couple of weeks later and we have some growth. We’ve had a mixture of sunshine and rain, although probably a little too much rain so the kids have only had to water their garden a few times.

So here are our flowers about to grow. I’ll post some more pictures later if they survive our British summer (and the Little Man’s feet!)
Stage two:

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.