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!

Disclosure: The Weekend Winter Box was sent to us for free so we could review it. All words, pictures, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Making Your Kids Bedroom Warm and Cosy

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Winter is quickly creeping in, and at this time of year we all feel the need to hibernate like the animals our children learn about at school; in fact, with darker nights and colder days, having a house that’s warm and cosy is imperative to creating a feeling of “home sweet home”.

There’s nothing less homely than being in a house that is cold and drafty, yet, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm and cosy bedroom that makes you feel all safe and snuggled up from the cold weather outside.

Indeed, winter can be a magical time, for as the snow begins to fall for the first time, the whole house will get excited about the prospect of building snowmen, going sledding and having the inevitable snowball fight.  Of course, there’s the occasional Scrooge like character that fails to see the magic of this time of year and considers only the affect such adverse weather will have on traffic conditions… but for most people, and in particular, most children – the snow starting to fall signifies a time of magic and wonderment.

There’s nothing better, as a kid, than being wrapped up warm looking out at the snow falling from your bedroom; going to sleep, then waking up every now and then, peeking through the window to see if it’s still snowing and whether the snow has settled.

Child’s Bedroom

Now, in terms of making your child’s bedroom warm and cosy, the furniture in your kids bedroom is quite important.  Cuckooland offer perhaps the coolest kids bedroom furniture to create a modern yet cosy atmosphere, though, a lot of making your kids bedroom more warm and cosy comes down to is related specifically to their bed and lighting.

Lighting is one of the most vital components when it comes to creating a warm and cosy space, and there are a number of things you can do to add to the feeling of warmth within your child’s bedroom, whilst also offering a safe “night light” glow that is conducive to sleep.

Many times, people put warm LED string lights into their child’s bedroom to emit a warm glow that is safe to stay on throughout the night (particularly if battery operated), whilst if you’re looking for something a little more fancy you could use a himalayan salt lamp, as this will create a cosy glow in addition to providing numerous health benefits.

Then, when it comes to the warmth and coziness of your kid’s bed, it can be helpful to add a memory foam mattress topper to their bed, as this will provide much warmth and insulation whilst also making the bed feel more cloud like in that they will sink into it.  

If your house is particularly cold, and electric blanket can work wonders in providing a constant supply of localised heat – or a hot water bottle provides a more specific heat source that can be nice to put in the bed prior to bedtime.


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Getting Cosy at Home for the Winter Season

Do you like to change your home according the season? I know I like things bright and airy during the summer, but in the winter months my focus is on warm and cosy. This often means putting up some thicker curtains in my living room and adding lots of throws and cushions. It’s nice to get warm and cosy on these cold winter evenings. I’ve also crocheted my own little blanket to keep my legs warm.

It’s not perfect but it’s my first attempt, and it’s very cosy. 
I also think that winter is a good time to add a splash of colour to the home, I may get the paintbrushes out, or just hang a nice picture on a bare wall. Anything to brighten up those dark dreary days. Of course lighting is important too, it gets darker so much earlier and too much darkness can be depressing so I like to keep my home bright whenever I can. As well as adding an extra lamp I sometimes feel that candles add just that little bit of extra light and if they are scented they can also create a warmer welcoming environment.

Our garden in Winter gets very neglected. We can’t even venture down to the bottom of the garden because the drainage is poor and it’s just like a bog. We really need to get this sorted. Our garden furniture is covered up in an effort to keep it dry and clean. Unfortunately our poor patio table became a victim of storm Eleanor. My hubby had left the parasol up and when the wind blew it over it shattered the glass top of the table. Lesson learnt! You can never be too careful.

Winter is also a time for checking that you are safe in your home, is your heating working properly, have you had your boiler checked. What would you do if it let you down when it was really cold, or even worse, what if it was faulty and letting of harmful fumes?
Do you have secure locks on your doors and windows? With there being much more darkness in winter it creates more opportunities for those that burgle. I know that unexpected disasters can happen any time of year but it’s always a good time to check that you have adequate insurance.
Chill Insurance have devised this great little e-book with lots of ideas for decorating and designing your perfect winter home. 

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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post

My Sunday Photo 17th December 2017

My trees heavy with snow with more snow falling and the sky a white blur!

This is my garden on Sunday Morning last week. It’s so blurry because the snow was still falling. It’s hard to capture snow fall on camera.

And our car on Sunday Evening. It stayed like this for three days then hubby had to sweep off the snow so he could go out. I’m just glad I didn’t have to go anywhere.

Have you had any snow?

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Photalife

Sunday Snap

Waiting to Bounce on our Trampoline

The plan for this last weekend was to put up our brand new trampoline from Big Game Hunters. However, this is what our garden looks like at the moment.

Not exactly perfect for putting up a new trampoline don’t you think? The kids will just have to wait a little longer. I can’t blame them for being excited though because the trampoline we have is a fab looking 8ft Skyhigh Orbisphere from Big Game Hunters and it has some great features. It has a modern curved pole design and it is built to last with foam covered springs and pvc covered poles. It also looks pretty fantastic.

I think we will be the envy of our neighbours once we do have it up. In fact we are one of the only ones without a trampoline so far and we are in the middle so I can see our kids competing against the neighbours kids on who can bounce the highest. With 48 springs at 165mm in length I think they may have a good chance of winning!

There is still time to order a trampoline in time for Christmas and Big Game Hunters currently have some real bargains with up to £200 off the cost of their trampolines.

You can also get some great accessories for your trampoline like covers and ladders and even tents. I know that my kids would love a tent and I’ll be thinking of investing in one for them very soon.

Big Game Hunters are specialists in outdoor garden toys and have many things on offer. Delivery is free on items over £150 and orders are often dispatched on the same day as ordering. Besides trampolines they also sell playhouses, climbing frames and swings, basket ball equipment and Garden Games. 
We can’t wait to have fun with our trampoline and I’m hoping to get you a video of how the kids enjoy bouncing around so watch this space.
Do you have a trampoline in your garden?

Cuddle Fairy







Disclosure: I have been sent a trampoline to review but this will come at a later date. I have not been asked or paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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.