Tickle & Giggle Peppa - Review

Peppa Pig, Peppa Pig.................Peppa Pig! Whoops, can you tell we are Peppa fans here! Little monkey especially. He loves watching Peppa Pig on the TV, so I was delighted when a Tickle and Giggle Peppa arrived for us to review.
Aimed at boys and girls aged 3+ Peppa laughs and giggles when you tickle her and she giggles more, the more she is tickled. Little monkey has been tickling Peppa lots and lots! 
By Character, priced at £14.99 Tickle and Giggle Peppa Plush comes with three triple A batteries. She is the perfect size for little hands at approximately 25cms tall.
I've taken a little video of little monkey having a play with her to give you an idea of how she sounds. As you can see he didin't need to find any button to push, just a touch on Peppa and she giggles and responds to him.
I think Peppa is great and he seems to love her too. She seems robust and well made, her batteries haven't run out in a hurry and we haven't got bored with her laughter and giggles yet! I'd say she is the perfect Christmas gift for all Peppa Pig fans.

We were sent Peppa to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Pumpkin Carving & Gooey Cake Making!

Last year the monkeys helped to carve their first ever pumpkins. They enjoyed it so much that yesterday they carved pumpkins again! This was Daddy's task to help them with, whilst I was at work.
Big monkey did his first, then little monkey (though Daddy did most of it!). I think they look great and the monkeys had so much fun. We've enjoyed lighting them and having a bit of fun, as you can see!
Before I went to work and let them all get on with their masterpieces I made the Popcorn Marshmallow cake as seen in the videos made by the team at KatchUp.
They sent the ingredients so that we could enjoy making it, so whilst little monkey was out with Daddy, big monkey and I set to it!
The cake is so easy to do but silly me burnt one lot of popcorn and under cooked the other! A very quick, fun and easy recipe to make with children, big monkey and I had lots of fun! 
I can confirm it's yummy and very sweet too, which is great as I like sweet food! 
Don't forget you can get 50% off premium membership to KatchUp with the code KUFF14. What a great way to share those halloween antics with friends and family! 



Remembering those who succumbed to the tragedies of WW1

Last Sunday we took the monkeys into London for the day as I was very keen to see the Poppies at the Tower of London. We made a day of it and showed the monkeys St Pauls Cathedral, then walked across the Thames via the Millenium Bridge. At first they weren't keen as we'd told them it was wobbly! Whoops! 

With much stopping and photo taking, we walked our way along the Southbank to Festival Hall, stopping for a coffee along the way. Our next stop Westminster. 
Past Downing Street then the Cenotaph we headed to the tube near Big Ben and made our way back down towards Tower Bridge.
Once at the Tower of London we met my parents and joined many hundreds of like minded people all paying their respects and viewing the hundreds and thousands of poppies in place. Each one placed there to mark every soldier and service personal who lost their lives in World War One. Once installation has finished there will 888,246 ceramic poppies around the parimeter of the Tower of London. A sight never to behold again and in my opinion a must see. 

After visiting there and taking many photo's we headed for dinner with the Granparents and then it was sadly time to part. 
We had a great day and start to half term. If you get the chance to go you must!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


KatchUp Halloween

A new photo storage company called KatchUp have bought Halloween to us. We are so pleased to be able to share our halloween wares with you guys as seen in this photo and give you the low down on Katchup.
KatchUp is a private, online space to view and share photo's and video's with family and friends, not the entire world. Founded by Katie when a relative wanted to 'catch up' on family stuff. This means friends and family get to see video and photo's you don't want the wholde world to view! 
Halloween of course can be a great occasion to share photo's or video of the ghostly capers you and the kids get up to, so KatchUp have created some fab video's to share with you. Take a look at the video playlist above and let me know your favourite! I love the halloween games suggested by party planners Sharky and George. We cannot wait to make the marshmallow cake you see Chef Charlton make in the video. Oh and I can highly recommend the Bewitch cupcake from Maison Blanc.
I shall be sure to post about our marshmallow cake making antics as soon as we have made it with the fabby ingredients below!
Meanwhile enjoy the video's and as a bonus for being such loyal readers of my blog, why not get 50% off premium membership to KatchUp with the code KUFF14. Huge thanks to the team at KatchUp. 
Happy family and friends photo and video sharing!


Weekly Round Up #365 - Number 43

It's now half term, which meant a four day week for big monkey this past week. Nothing exordinary has happened but it's been a good week in all. Take a look at our week 43 round up to see photo's for days 292-298
Day 292. Yummy dinner from a local eatery we went to with the monkeys and in-laws.
Day 293. Big monkey's Lego head is full to the brim. Does he play with it all? Barely! 
Day 294. Not the best photo, and it faded fast! There was a double rainbow! 
Day 295. Inhis element in one of his favouite pink cars at soft play.
Day 296. Using his brothers 'old' scooter and getting to crips with it.
Day 297. Sadly a very grainy photo of a beaultiful evening sky. I must use my SLR camera more! 
Day 298. Much needed snack and hot cuppa after a morning watching big monkey play football in the chilly autumn sunshine!

A few poor quality photo's this week and a few more boring subjects but to be honest I've struggled! Big monkey is adverse to having his photo taken much of the time and the novelty has worn off on little monkey. I promise to try harder next week! 
TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky


Helping the monkeys to be happy and healthy - Healthy Eating

Having a husband who is in the health and fitness industry it’s very important to us that the monkeys are happy and healthy. One of the most challenging aspects of keeping them healthy is getting them to eat fruit and vegetables and have a balanced healthy diet. Now in year two the eldest will eat some veg and tries others, he also eats a lot of fruit but our youngest eats a very limited amount and no where near the recommended five a day! Trying fruit with his friends at Preschool at snack time is helping though. One eats a varied array of different meals and the other a far more limited diet. I think worrying about their eating habits and making an issue out of it makes things worse though. Cutting fruit and raw veg into small pieces and leaving them on a plate is a great way to encourage kids to try and eat healthy foods. We also try and hide veg in family meals like Spaghetti Bolognese.
This is one of our favourite meals to eat as a family as it incorporates the monkeys favourite food type (pasta) and as mentioned above, the veg can be hidden in the meat sauce. The meal is nutritious too.
We also try and encourage the monkeys to help prepare food in the kitchen, be it baking or cooking. They have a kid safe knife to help with chopping, help to grate cheese, add tinned foods to the saucepan and generally like to get involved when time allows.
All these things help them to stay happy and healthy, whilst teaching them about the importance of healthy eating without their actually realising!
I'm hoping our relaxed but informed way of educating the monkeys on healthy eating will stand them in good stead as they get older.

*This post is in association with Haliborange.


He must be Joking!

So today I asked big monkey again what he would like from Father Christmas? Up until now he has said he would like a Liverpool football kit! Fair enough, I think Father Christmas can manage that! Today though after saying that again, he decided to write a quick list in his note book. After he had finished he read out what he had put. It's safe to say the cheeky 6yr old will not be getting even half of the bits on his list! I do hope when they big day comes, he won't be too disappointed! 
Here's a run down.....

Fifa 15 
Fifa 12
XBox DS? AND XBox 1
Roller Skates
A Skateboard
Lego City Police Station
Loom Bands
Football boots
Liverpool t shirt
Astro turf trainers

He has Fifa 14 for his Wii mini already, what's different about 12 and 15?! He is far too young for an XBox. He already has roller skates which he has only used a handful of times. Daddy feels he is too young yet for a skateboard! We've got him the Lego Fire station, that will have to do! He had a new bike and scooter last Christmas and does not need anymore loom bands! He already uses our iPad so why would he need one of his own? The football boots, and kit we can do! 
I'm only assuming some of these things are what his friends are getting and they've been talking in the playground! 
Luckily little monkey only wants one type of thing and that's  trains!! 


Yes, we borrowed a beach hut in October!

I don't know about you, but I've always loved seeing rows and rows of beach huts at the beach, and I always have a sneaky little nose inside as I walk past along the promenade! Who doesn't hey? They come in so many different colours and their owners style them so differently. I've wanted one for such a long time. Have you seen how much they sell for though? So expensive and definitely not something we can consider ourselves! Shame, as I'd so be at home in one.
So, how did we get to use one yesterday then? A lovely couple we know, lent it us for the day. We'd been meaning to get the keys and go earlier back in the summer but things just got in the way. Friday saw me having a light bulb moment, the weekend forecast was set to be warm, so I asked hubby if he fancied asking if we could have the keys. Lucky we asked when we did, as the owners were getting ready to fly out on holiday! 
Once our day at the beach hut was secured, I felt so excited! I mean, who wouldn't like to set up camp in a beach hut, let the kids play on the beach, whilst having a cuppa, taking lots photo's and eating chips!
We arrived soon after midday Saturday armed with instructions on where to get water, how to start the gas stove and most importantly where to find the hut amongst the long row of them. Once we'd settled in the monkeys went onto the sand to play, I shuddered looking above at the dead spiders just hanging from the ceiling and we took lots of photo's. The weather was fantastic! 21 degrees and mostly sunny with lovely blue sky. We really couldn't believe our luck!
Here are a selection of the photo's we took! Sorry, there are quite a few but the scenery was just too lovely! 
Blue Sky
Beach huts
Looking out to sea
Another angle
Playing sand castles
Bucket and spade
Another shot
J is for Jo
More huts
Boy in a bucket
Along the promenade
Brothers playing
Sitting it out
Lovely family
We had such a fun family afternoon that money just cannot buy. It was so good to be enjoying the unseasonal autumn weather in such a beautiful place. I know we'll go back there and I'm so grateful we know such a generous couple who were more than happy to lend it us. Thank you so much.......we didn't want to leave! Have you ever borrowed or owned a beach hut? Would you?

 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


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