Tuesday, 30 August 2016

How to make BFG (Roald Dahl) Ears, Horn and Waistcoat

This September 13th will be Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday.  To celebrate schools are having Roald Dahl themed days.

Our school has asked children to dress up as characters from any Roald Dahl book. I'm not a crafty mum so usually opt for the buying option but with two children this can be costly.  I did find a BFG costume for a bargain £6 at Asda but for the last 3 weeks its been out of stock so I bit the bullet and made my own.

We went for BFG as its extremely popular at the moment due to the film and I figured it might be fairly easy.  Strangely though my 9 year old was unfamiliar with the story which reminds me I must buy the book.

I used some old cream wallpaper, brown parcel tape, paint and some plain headbands.  I got mine from poundland for £1.  The tape was £2.60.  Everything else I had in the house.

To make the waistcoat
  • I cut out 2 rectangles using the wallpaper (I roughly measured the children)
  • We then covered one side of each piece in brown parcel tape.
  • I then cut one piece in half, cut a V and stuck the shoulder's together & had a fit.
  • I then shaped the shoulders and arm holes a little.
  • I cut a small v in the back just so it wasn't as rigid.
  • Voila a very handmade BFG inspired waistcoat.
Another way would be to get a plain brown t shirt.  Cut the sleeves off and cut up the front.

To make the ears

  • I used the same wallpaper and cut out a rough ear shape.
  • We painted them pink on both sides.
  • We then did a rough black outline for the inner ear.
  • I cut a slim tab and then stuck each ear to the £1 headbands.

BFG DIY ears

BFG make your own ears

To make the horn
  • Again same paper cut into a rough square.
  • We painted with a bronzy brown.
  • Once dry I rolled it up and snipped the ends.
  • Very basic but does the job.
Both children will wear a plain white top and any old bottoms.  My daughter has some sand art jars which we will use as dream jars and we may take fishing nets as an extra accessory.

BFG DIY costume for World Book Day

I hope this proves useful especially for you less crafty mums like me. 

Good luck with your costumes.

Happy Roald Dahl day.

Emma xxx

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Legoland Windsor Review

We finally visited LEGOLAND Windsor on the 11th August as a surprise for the children and because my son was 6 on the 12th.

We used a promo voucher for 2 free children with 2 full paying adults.  This still cost an unbelievable £115.80. Adult on the gate price £55.40 and £5 parking.

I was slightly outraged that you don't even get free parking but did know from the website. Honestly Lego do you not think that's a bit greedy!!!

The park was very busy as it is the summer holidays but the kids LOVED IT!  We didn't have time to do half of the rides or even see the entire park but they didn't moan. Some of the queues were over an hour long but they seemed happy enough Lego spotting as we waited.  Most rides were good and worth the wait however the Balloon School in the Lego City Zone was a long wait for a boring ride.  If you are short on time give it a miss.

My kids loved the Lego city driving school and Coastguard HQ.  As a family we loved the Viking River Splash.  3 of us loved the Jolly Rocker but my son was a little terrified which was a shame!  I think he's still traumatised from Disneyland Paris but that's another story.

Unfortunately due to the queue times we missed huge chunks of the park but everything we saw looked clean, well maintained and colourful.  The attention to detail is amazing.  My daughter loved the Lego Friends zone. I'd heard about problems with wasps but this was not an issue on our visit.

Miniland is brilliant although some buildings are now looking a little faded.

There is honestly so much to see and do if you can get a 2 day pass I think it would be worth it. We all LOVED it and definitely need a second trip.

For all you Tesco clubcard fans it is enormously worth it for LEGOLAND.  A lady we got chatting to in a queue got in for £13 per person with her points and another lady got in for £26 per person but rated Chessington more. This is an enormous saving on the online or gate prices.

We made a fatal mistake and didn't take food.  Prices inside are obviously expensive. We spent £26 on a baguette meal deals for the 4 of us.  This wasn't too bad as the food was nice but our plan had been to stop at a Tesco express or M & S and stock up but we didn't pass one for miles!  If you visit definitely take food. Loads of families had hampers, rucksacks etc full of snacks and drinks.

We are hoping to go again as we have tickets for 2 free adults between 08/09/16 and 07/10/16.  I think the catch is that we have to pay full price for the kids but will still work out cheaper than a normal family price and we'll be able to do all the things we missed out.  I really was a brilliant day out and I thoroughly recommend. Definitely add it to your day trip list.

Does anyone know if its quieter on a Saturday or Sunday?

We would like to go in the week but kids back at school and I'm not sure I'd get away with taking them out for a day to visit LEGOLAND although the shorter queues are VERY tempting.

Emma xxx
P.s Will be returning August 19th/20th 2018 hoping it not quite as busy!

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Summer holiday's poem

The sun is shining,
The sky is blue.
Thank god its not raining you think,
But wait.........

"Mum can we go to the park."
You hear for the millionth time this week.
You really want a day at home
Why can't the kids entertain themselves?

They have toys, lego, a hundred dvds,
Just go and play!!!
You mentally count down the days till school,
But then shudder at the thought of the dreaded school run.

The summer holidays are both fun & torture,
The days can be amazing or stress.
I hope all you parents out there are coping,
Let's all smile together & pass the wine!

Monday, 8 August 2016

She did it - Bike riding.

After years of resistance my 9 year old daughter has learnt to ride her bike!!!

Woo Hoo!!!

She's always been worried about falling whereas her younger brother who's 5 mastered it last year.

It was partly our fault as we didn't take her out often enough on her little bike with stabilisers.  She outgrew it quickly and the replacement was too big to have stabilisers fitted.  This meant she refused to get on it and it ended up gathering dust/cobwebs/rust.

This summer I told her she had to learn to ride.  She wasn't terribly enthusiastic but went along with it.

Literally after 4 attempts with me holding the saddle she was away.

When she realised she was doing it alone she was thrilled.

For half hour she was pedalling around our local park.  On the way home she had a few wobbles and nearly went into a couple of walls but that was a steering issue haha!!!

I plan to take both children out a few times over the summer aided by hunting for bloody Pokémon. Has anyone else given in to the Pokémon craze??? My son is literally turning into a techno addict.

I think a new bike is now firmly being added to the Christmas list and I'm really pleased.

Emma xxx



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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Boost Trampoline Park - Northampton - Review

We were lucky enough to visit Boost today & it was perfect timing as its raining.

Boost Northampton is a brand new indoor trampoline park. There’s over 50 interconnected trampolines, 2 Extreme Dodgeball Courts, Wipe-Out Zone, Battle Beam, Foam Pits and Basketball Hoops.

My kids did the Free Jump which is £10 per person + £2 for the Boost anti slip socks. There is also Boost mini sessions for under 5's and is £5 per session + the socks.

Boost Trampoline Park

Boost Trampoline Park

Boost Trampoline Park

I was a little worried my 5 (nearly 6 year old) may get bored but he loved it apart from a slight bump to the nose on the Wipe-Out Zone and wanted to stay when the session was over.  My 9 year old LOVES trampolines so I knew she would enjoy the session. She happily has awarded the new park 9.5 out of 10 so high praise.

The trampoline park is big, clean and has a café area for the parents where you can watch the kids and enjoy a snack/drink. There are lockers plus cubby holes to put shoes or jackets away.  Jumpers are given coloured bands so when each session ends it is clear who needs to leave the area.  It was quite busy but well organised and I would definitely go again.

Boost Trampoline Park

My children where both red faced and happy when we left. I would recommend light clothing and for long hair a plait/ponytail. My son is still wearing his Boost socks and for once seems tired out on the sofa!!!

If you live in the Northampton area and want to tire the kids out I would recommend a visit.  Check out the website for more information and to book.

Boost Trampoline Park

Emma xxx

P.s - Since this visit we've been about 6 times. The kids love it.  They sometimes have vouchers on Groupon but I think there are time restrictions but might be worth a look. Boost now also offers sensory sessions with low lighting and a calm atmosphere £6.95 per person and carer free.   4pm – 7pm the first Wednesday of every month.  They also do Boost Fitness £7.50 per hour and children's parties from £16.99 per child. 

Disclaimer: I was given 2 £10 tickets in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own & 100% honest.

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Mini Meadows Farm

Mini Meadows farm in Naseby, Northamptonshire is a perfect place to pass the time with restless kids in the summer holidays.

Amazingly it is only £3 per person entry and under 2's are free.  Honestly where can you go now a days for under a tenner!

We have been several times and its where our lovely hens, Nugget, Archie, Jagger and Billie-Bob are from but this is the first time I've written a blog post about the lovely place.

Its recently had a new café and toilet block and the improvements are brilliant. I had worried they may hike their prices up to compensate but I'm pleased to say they haven't and it still has a lovely atmosphere.

The kids love the small play area and brilliant indoor sand pit which is large with benches for the grown ups.  As its fairly small you can let your children have a little more freedom. My 5 year old will often play on the swings whilst the 9 year old is looking at the animals and I don't need to worry as can see both.

The farm has the usual assortment of animals which you can feed with colour coded buckets of feed which are £2 each.  At various times of the year you can feed baby lambs or have a cuddle with the friendly guinea pigs although not on this occasion.

The only thing I think would improve the farm is a larger play area with new climbing frame, basket swing or zip wire. This is a minor issue and what is there does the job.  The tractor circuit has gone to make way for the new café and it would be nice if this was relocated as it was perfect on iffy weather days.

We ended up staying for nearly 4 hours on our last visit with grandparents and I would 100% recommend a visit if you are in the Northamptonshire area.

For more information the website is

Mini Meadows Farm