Paddington 2

Paddington Bear makes a come back this Winter. The latest film Paddington 2 is out before Christmas. To help celebrate University Games has some Paddington Bear games and toys available.

'Founded in 1985, University Games use five simple principles to make great games:

• People want to play right away - the games are easy to learn, start playing in five minutes!
• People hate to wait - the games keep all players involved, even when it's not their turn.
• People love a challenge - the games are different every time you play.
• People want to win - the games combine luck and skill,
so every player has a chance to win.

Parents want educational activities for their kids - the games make learning fun.
For ages 8+ with 80 fun challenges, you can play Paddinton Spot The Difference to find the differences to beat your opponent and find that infamous pot of marmalade!

With dry erase markers and easy-wipe Paddington scenes, the fun is never ending with this exciting Paddington twist on a children’s classic! RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis.

There's also Paddington Colour On.

This is for ages 3+ and provides a 3 metre roll of Paddington Bear colouring fun.

Simply turn the easy-twist dial to reveal a new activity or colouring scene, and then twist it back when it’s time to pack away. RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis also.

With bright packaging and the lovable bear in his red hat all over the packaging, I think these educational toys will be really popular this winter.....great for rainy days and winter evenings. Personally, I also looking forward to seeing the film!



SEH BAC - Centre of Excellence - Grand Opening, Colchester!

One of the home improvements we've made to our home in the last few years or so, was adding a Conservatory. We used SEH BAC. The conservatory has mainly served as a playroom for the monkeys, but it's used for guests to sleep over with the addition of a sofa bed. We've been very happy with the quality and build and hope to one day turn the space into a dining room, or perhaps even get a tiled roof on it. It's quite small but serves it's purpose well.
Yesterday I was invited along to the opening of the new SEH BAC Centre of Excellence in Colchester. Celebrating 45 years of trading, the new showroom offers so much more than the traditional windows, doors and conservatory's. "In July 2007, S.E.H. & BAC joined together to expand their service throughout London and the South East".
The new showroom offers:
  • The latest trends in home improvements
  • Stunning range of windows, doors and conservatories
  • “Excellence Centre” with expert advice
  • Full 3D computer design service

You can use the stairs around the showroom to look at cross sections of Orangery and conservatory roofs, guttering's, soffits and fascias. Step inside a number of erected conservatory's and try out several different types of doors. We love the latest Bi-fold doors. A new composite front door is on our wish list!
The Opening event went really well. Celebrity Dominic Littlewood was there to formally open the showroom. The monkeys loved having their photo taken with him! 
Open to the public, the Heart FM Angels attended too with competitions and giveaways for everyone to enter. The monkeys and I really enjoyed and brief visit to the Opening and wish the team every success.
The new showroom can be found at:
2 Stanway Retail Park
Peartree Road
CO3 0LX 

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Think Carefully Before Buying These Baby Gifts

When it comes to buying baby gifts, there are some things you just don’t need to get for the mom-to-be. Here are a list of gifts that you should carefully consider.

Baby Shoes
While baby shoes are cute, they are pretty impractical. Not only does the baby not know how to walk, but most baby shoes fit poorly and tend to be uncomfortable.

Infant Socks
They just don’t stay on. Instead, get a few pairs of footed pyjamas to keep feet warm, and when baby gets older, you could always get ordinary socks.

Baby towels are something you really don’t need to buy – babies can use regular adult size towels, unless the parents request baby towels, of course. Baby towels are sometimes too thin and not as absorbent as they need to be.

Baby gowns
Baby gowns tend to ride up the baby’s body, which means mom spends too much time pulling them down again.

Baby Robes
If you do buy baby towels, you may need a robe to help dry baby off. But, they’re not completely necessary.

Baby Bibs
Bibs aim to prevent spillage onto baby’s clothes – but they only cover a small area, so they’re not always as helpful as they need to be.

Baby Hairbrush
Baby’s don’t have a great deal of hair to need a hair brush, do they? A regular hairbrush can work just as well, or rather, a thin comb.

Wipes Warmer
Within a few seconds of removing a wipe from its warmer, it cools right down. Babies don’t really need semi-warm wipes, and these warmers just tend to take up space.

Pacifier Wipes
Are they really necessary when mom will be inundated with baby wipes?

The Bumbo
There are plenty of babies around that loved the bumbo and spent hours sitting up in it, but not all kids do. And often, a baby’s thighs are too big to fit in it. Rather, choose something along the lines of a Rock n’ Play.

A Bouncy Seat
A bouncy seat can give mom a few minutes of freedom at a time when she needs to go to the bathroom, do her hair, or cook dinner. But, talk to mom before buying one and see if she has the space for it. If there’s no space available in their home for a bouncy seat, you can give her items she may need. There are baby hampers you can purchase online that include several items that moms really need. 

A Crib Bedding Set
This isn’t that necessary – these sets can be costly, and bumpers tend to be a choking hazard. Instead, choose a lovely crib sheet that is soft and simply works better in the crib.

A Baby Tub
Different moms have different tastes and requirements, so be sure to find out what type of tub she would prefer before you buy one. Often, baby tubs are bulky and take up too much space in the bathroom.

A Diaper Genie
Many moms seem to think this just isn’t worth it. Find out before you buy!

Those are some of the gifts that you need to consider carefully. Talk to the mom-to-be and find out what other things she may need.



Our Summer 17

The monkeys have gone back to school and despite it being good to get back into a routine, I'm sad they've returned. The school is great and they love it. They love being with their friends but we had such a great six weeks! 

The first week was taken up with work, Play in the Park, which is a free service run by the local council and packing for our holiday. It's was quite nice to chill, take our time getting up and out in the mornings and of course the monkeys generally still saw their friends around. The weather was up and down but we had fun.
Our second week of the holiday's was spent in Cornwall. We loved it and are still debating whether to go back next year or try somewhere new! Having a week where all four of us could spend time as a family was so good. No work, no school, no chores, just loads of fun.
Week three and Hubby and I were back at work, we met up with friends and went on day's out. 
Week four, we spent working, taking the monkeys out, bike riding and catching up with friends. We took Nana out for lunch for her birthday and I took the monkeys away to see family, including my baby niece. The monkeys always love seeing her.
Five weeks in and they were keen to chill indoors sometimes. Not even getting dressed until late morning! We managed a few days out too and caught up with my best friend and her daughter. 
The last week off and big monkey had three days at football camp! He won Player of the Camp....woo hoo. We are so chuffed for him. The week ended with another trip away, this time to the South Coast. To see friends and catch up with my parents.....a surprise for the monkeys. I loved it there, just a shame that last day was full of rain.
We got school shoes right at the begining of the holiday's so that we could tick that off the to do list and I got everything out ready for back to school before we went away last week. 

I've loved bike riding lots with the boys, little monkeys swimming and reading has come on even more and he lost his first tooth. The tooth fairy had to visit Nanny and Grandads boat! 

Big monkey has gotten taller and seems more grown up. He can't believe he is now in year 5. 

I'm counting down the weeks until half term now. The only down side to the summer holiday's has been the expense! We're broke.


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