Sunday, 20 May 2018

What the Kids Wore // Angel and Rocket

  It feels like we have been waiting forever for this sunshine and I am desperate to make the most of every minute as the memory of the long winter is still so fresh in my mind.  We have our favourite hangouts with climbing trees, woodland walks and dens to explore and the boys wore their new t-shirts and shorts from Angel and Rocket on our recent trip.

The big two have spent all week in school and they love the freedom of roaming free.  They are natural explorers and Archie especially loves to climb.  Our favourite park to explore is a private one that we have a membership for.  There are no dogs, the park is so clean and they have named the different areas.  There is the climbing tree (obvious), triceratops trunk (a huge fallen knobbly trunk), the secret garden, the drop slide tree (still not sure about this one) and the rolly hills.  I took my camera along on a recent trip and got a few pictures of them playing in their new clothes.

I don't tend to do full on matching, but matching t-shirts make head counts a lot easier! These cactus ones suit all three boys and they love the soft green and bold front and the print on the back.  The biggest two are wearing Angel and Rocket shorts too which look super comfy.  The boys are wearing age 4 (Finn aged 3) ,6 (Archie aged 5) and 8 (Dylan aged 6 but very tall) and I find the fit is more 'up to' ie size 4 fits as 3-4. The quality is fantastic and everything is washing really well despite my children's love of mud.

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angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

We were sent a few other items, including another set of matching t-shirts that again are perfect for all three.  I don't find it easy finding clothes to suit a three year old toddler and a nearly seven year old but these tops are great! 

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angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

angel and rocket, boys fashion, themummyadventure,com

Angel and Rocket have a gorgeous collection of childrenswear for boys and girls from ages 3 to 12 years. You can see more on the Angel and Rocket website


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Thursday, 17 May 2018

What the Kids Wore // JJMB Elmer Collection

Elmer is one of those classic characters that people of all generations will recognise.  The multicoloured elephant is iconic and fun and the star of Jojo Maman Bebe's new range.  They sent us some of the items including the beautiful striped dress that Cora is wearing and the reversible hoody on Finn.  They also sell a variety of Elmer toys and books including the building blocks featured.  

We love the quality of JJMB clothing and these Elmer items are amazing.  Finn has loved showing everyone his Elmer hoody and Cora has been pointing out their matching elephants constantly! The bright colours work so well with the classic stripes too.

The new range also includes a summer romper, leggings, t-shirts and pjyjamas for 0-6 year olds.  We find the sizing quite true (Cora is wearing 12-18 months which is her normal size and Finn is in 3-4 as an average sized 3 year old). 

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Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

After the children had finished playing with the toys, they climbed on to my desk chair and asked to be spun around it was the perfect match to their clothing! 

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Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

Elmer Jojo Maman Bebe, Elmer kids clothing, themummyadventure.com

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight

We first visited the Isle of Wight twice as a family and both times we took a trip to one of the island's most famous attractions - Blackgang Chine.  Blackgang Chine is a unique place, built along a crumbling cliff top, set firmly in the past and combining lots of different and unrelated zones, I have spent a lot of time wondering who came up with some of the ideas! The moment you walk in you feel like you have gone back in time, but it is a fun day out for all the family and if we visit the island again we will definitely go back!

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

It cost us £80 to enter as a family of four (under 4s are free so we didn't have to pay for the little two ) and we spent a whole day there (11am-4:30pm) and got to see the whole park.  

Our favourite 'zone' is the Cowboy area which is set up as a mini street with different shops and buildings to play in as well as things to climb on, sit in and a cafe.  All four loved running around and exploring and the nachos were delicious.  There is a bin that talks to you when you put rubbish in, coffins to 'try out for size' and lots of little quirky things to discover.

In the centre of the park is a play area that consists of two pirate ships, both with guns that shoot water across at each other.  They are connected by a walkway and there are some swings on the side.  The boys loved battling with the water guns and Cora loved exploring.

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Since our last visit about two years ago, they have added an underwater kingdom which was fun to walk through with a singing crab, coloured lights and a giant whale at the exit.  We also visited Rumpus' mansion (a mansion that has been taken over by naughty gremlins), the crooked house, a fairy castle, land of the Dodo's and a dinosaur walkway.

We got lost in a maze and all four children were spun around many times on the pirate barrells ride.  The day we visited was overcast and chilly but dry and the park was really empty so they could go on as many times as they wanted.  There was a bouncy walkway which I thought was really entertaining and the park is set with a backdrop of beautiful sea.  

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine is the UKs oldest theme park which first opened in 1843 but the attractions have been moved several times as more of the coastline (including the original chine) has fallen into the sea.  Some of the attractions remain unchanged since as early as the 1960s and it all adds to Blackgang's eccentric charm.  If you visit, make sure you explore fully.  We almost missed some of the strangest sights like the little pet shop next to the pirate ships which was entertaining for us all and the talking bins never fail to raise a laugh.  Make sure you sit on the bench with gnomes at both ends and listen to their conversations too!

We loved our visit and seeing the new attraction, even though the Weather Wizard from our last visit is no longer there .  I think we will definitely return because really, there is no place quite like it!  Unfortunately my camera battery died very early on in the day so I have very few photos but there are plenty more on my post about our last visit to Blackgang Chine 

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

Blackgang Chine, isle of wight

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Tech will Save Us // Electo Hero Review

Computers are playing a bigger role than ever in our lives and introducing them into play is an obvious move.  We were recently sent an Electro Hero kit from Tech Will Save Us to try out and it combines some of Archie's favourite things - playdough, electricity and Hulk Smash.

The kit is simple and self explanatory and you need access to the internet and playdough alongside everything in the box.  The kit we were sent is superhero based and came with 3 different themed activities.

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To start off, you need to either purchase or make 'electrodough'.  There is a recipe on the website but I hadn't seen this before we started so I did use existing playdough we already had.  On the site you can choose which of the three missions to try and you are guided through step by step.  I let the boys try it out together for the first time and Dylan (6) could then read all the instructions.  The moulds for the playdough are colour co-ordinated for your task and the instructions were simple enough that a six year old could follow without help.  The boys built a series of bricks which they lined up on the Hulk mission card and then a big Hulk fist too.

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Electro Hero, electric circuits for kids, superhero electrics, themummyadventure.com

The circuit for this task involved the sound option and when you bring the fist down on the bricks, the playdough conducts the electricity and you hear a Hulk smashing sound.  The boys thought this was absolutely brilliant and it led them to try different shapes  and ways of connecting the wires.  Once you have completed the mission, the app prompts you to try different things like seeing if you can conduct electricity through different materials.

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Electro Hero, electric circuits for kids, superhero electrics, themummyadventure.com

As well as Hulk's challenge, there is a Captain America one and an Iron Man one, both of which are more complex and have different levels, encouraging children to experiment and learn about circuits.  I think this is a great set for children and I can see how even after they have completed all the challenges in the box they can start creating their own as they understand the science behind it and they have all the materials to try something new.

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Electro Hero, electric circuits for kids, superhero electrics, themummyadventure.com

Archie and Dylan are 5 and 6 and I would say they are the perfect age for this game.  The box says 4+ and I think it would be ideal for 4-8 year olds.  It is priced at £24.99 which I think is reasonable  and this would make a great gift for a boy or girl.  This is just one of many kits and I definitely think we will consider one of the others for Dylan's birthday.  There are different levels for children 4+, 8+ and 12+ etc

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I love how this game involves technology but in an active and interactive way and it really sparked some conversations with the boys.  They have asked to get it out several times since we initially played with it (and that was only a couple of days ago) and they both give it a big thumbs up!


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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Summer Family Bucket List

This beautiful Bank Holiday weather has made me so excited for summer and six weeks of having all four children at home! I have started making our summer bucket list full of things to keep us occupied over the warmer months.

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1)  Go to the beach - This one is a bit of a given for us and I am hoping to go at least once a week but it needed to be included.  Obviously every beach trip should involve ice cream.

2) Paint rocks and hide them - I love the rock hunting craze and we have been on plenty of hunts but we still haven't managed to decorate our rocks yet so this is on our list!

3) Go camping in the back garden - for the first time we have a garden that we can pitch a tent in and the boys are excited to have garden sleepovers with their friends.

4) Go on a nature 'treasure hunt' in the woods.  We have bug hunting and bird watching books, leaf identification sheets and magnifying glasses and we are all set to go exploring outdoors!

5) Spend the day at a local festival - There are a few we want to go to including a local folk festival that we attend every year.

6) Go paddling in the outdoor pool - There is a big local paddling pool that I have somehow never taken the children to . . . until this summer.

7) Pick Strawberries - It will never just be strawberries, but they are definitely the tastiest fruit to pick! I want to pick apples and plums too.

8) Fly a kite - We have a kite that we just never seem to find the time to take out but living so coastal means we are never short of wind!

9) Climb trees - Muddy knees and scuffed shoes are just part of the summer and we have a favourite park with 'climbing trees' as well as a great den to hide out in.

10) Feed the ducks - I know you are not supposed to feed them bread so we will take peas and sweetcorn and hope the kids don't eat it all before we get there!

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There is so much more we want to do, but these are 10 things that are getting me so excited for those 6 weeks off! I was recently sent some super comfy sandals from Strive Footwear which have biomechanical footbed technology which fits the natural contours of my feet and helps relieve stress on my body and reduces aches and pains.  Plus they are shiny and gold which means I have a very jealous child whose favourite colour is gold! They are perfect for looking after my feet on our summer adventures and you will see them cropping up in lots of pictures! I had their boots over the winter which were so comfy and these are just the same.

strive footwear, summer bucket list

What have you got planned for the summer? What should we add to our list?

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